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punkah

or punka

[puhng-kuh] /ˈpʌŋ kə/
noun
1.
(especially in India) a fan, especially a large, swinging, screenlike fan hung from the ceiling and moved by a servant or by machinery.
adjective
2.
of, pertaining to, used on, or working a punkah:
punkah ropes.
Origin of punkah
1615-1625
First recorded in 1615-25, punkah is from the Hindi word paṅkhā
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  • The absence of a punkah, a necessity to which he was accustomed, was also a trial.

    From Jungle to Java Arthur Keyser
  • 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, a necessary appendage of every house, is worthy of description.

    Mark Seaworth William H.G. Kingston
  • The nights are dreadful—all for want of a punkah—and hardly any of us get a wink of sleep.

    Up the Country Emily Eden
  • Over the bed was a punkah, which was immediately set in motion.

  • What would it cost to punkah the whole regiment during the hot season?

  • 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 punkah, too, flapped incessant, and only made the lamp gutter.

    Dragon's blood Henry Milner Rideout
  • A flying stone struck the boom of the punkah, and thumped on the table.

    Dragon's blood Henry Milner Rideout

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