Origin of puna

1605–15; < American Spanish < Quechua
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Examples from the Web for puna

Historical Examples of puna

  • The Puna bulls are, perhaps, the fiercest and most dangerous of all.

  • The chill air of the Puna was even more endurable than such company.

  • But it is a far different affair with the bulls of the Puna.

  • On reaching the Puna, our party had made their day's journey, and would have halted.

  • Guapo's friend was esteemed one of the best in all the Puna.

British Dictionary definitions for puna


  1. a high cold dry plateau, esp in the Andes
  2. another name for mountain sickness

Word Origin for puna

C17: from American Spanish, from Quechuan
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