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punkah

or pun·ka

[puhng-kuh]
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.
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adjective
  1. of, pertaining to, used on, or working a punkah: punkah ropes.
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Origin of punkah

First recorded in 1615–25, punkah is from the Hindi word paṅkhā
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punka

punkah

noun
  1. a fan made of a palm leaf or leaves
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Word Origin

C17: from Hindi pankhā, from Sanskrit paksaka fan, from paksa wing
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