punkah

or pun·ka

[ puhng-kuh ]
/ ˈpʌŋ kə /
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noun

(especially in India) a fan, especially a large, swinging, screenlike fan hung from the ceiling and moved by a servant or by machinery.

adjective

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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