- (especially in India) a fan, especially a large, swinging, screenlike fan hung from the ceiling and moved by a servant or by machinery.
- of, pertaining to, used on, or working a punkah: punkah ropes.
Origin of punkah
First recorded in 1615–25, punkah is from the Hindi word paṅkhā
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Examples from the Web for punka
I read my letter to mamma so far, and she says you won't know what a punka is.
At night the introduction of the Indian punka into bed-rooms would be valuable, a thin flannel coverlet being spread over the bed.
The limit of movement of a punka is to be found in the man who pulls it.
The function of a punka is to cause a current of air to pass the human body so that the animal heat may escape more rapidly.
There are some very important natural laws which are illustrated in the punka.
- a fan made of a palm leaf or leaves
C17: from Hindi pankhā, from Sanskrit paksaka fan, from paksa wing
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