or pun·ka



(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.

Nearby words

  1. punji,
  2. punji stake,
  3. punk,
  4. punk rock,
  5. punka,
  6. punker,
  7. punkie,
  8. punkin,
  9. punky,
  10. punner

Origin of punkah

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

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British Dictionary definitions for punka




a fan made of a palm leaf or leaves

Word Origin for punka

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

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