- a high, cold, arid plateau, as in the Peruvian Andes.
- Pathology. altitude sickness.
Origin of puna
1605–15; < American Spanish < Quechua
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Examples from the Web for 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.
- a high cold dry plateau, esp in the Andes
- another name for mountain sickness
C17: from American Spanish, from Quechuan