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or punka

[puhng-kuh] /ˈpʌŋ kə/
(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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • There was the same absence of punkah, the same glaring light, and succession of half-cooked clammy dishes.

    From Jungle to Java Arthur Keyser
  • The absence of a punkah, a necessity to which he was accustomed, was also a trial.

    From Jungle to Java Arthur Keyser
  • Inside, the droning whine of the punkah mocks him throughout the weary day, as it scarcely stirs the heated air.

    Life in an Indian Outpost Gordon Casserly
  • He discovered, too, that it was a good thing to lie in the wave of air under the punkah.

    Actions and Reactions Rudyard Kipling
  • The punkah, too, flapped incessant, and only made the lamp gutter.

    Dragon's blood Henry Milner Rideout
  • The punkah, a necessary appendage of every house, is worthy of description.

    Mark Seaworth William H.G. Kingston
  • There was a punkah hanging from the ceiling, but it stood at rest.

    Civilization Ellen Newbold La Motte
  • Overhead, the punkah swung slowly, stirring the scented air.

    Civilization Ellen Newbold La Motte
  • The carpenter has rigged up a punkah, and the men have improvised some double awnings.

    A Voyage in the 'Sunbeam' Annie Allnut Brassey
  • A flying stone struck the boom of the punkah, and thumped on the table.

    Dragon's blood Henry Milner Rideout

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