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polygavan - (pull-LIG-ih-van; n.) An extra-long, 15+ passenger van, of the sort (and size) one might use to transport a family comprised of multiple wives and numerous children. It's a bit derogatory, it seems to me, but it's evidently a valid word: I learned it from a friend at work who is driving home from Kansas this weekend with his (quite traditional) family---his (one) wife and their children---and their considerable luggage. When I told him he should get a trailer, he said, "We already have a polygavan and an overhead cargo box." [From "polygamy" + "van," fairly obviously, I guess.]

e.g., When we held the big conferences for the International Center for Law and Religion Studies back when I was in law school, we would give the guests (from all over the world) tours of the southern Utah canyons, driving there in minibusses which I guess were "polygavans."

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth - (www)

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