- (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.
Origin of punkah
First recorded in 1615–25, punkah is from the Hindi word paṅkhā
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Examples from the Web for punkah
The absence of a punkah, a necessity to which he was accustomed, was also a trial.From Jungle to Java
He discovered, too, that it was a good thing to lie in the wave of air under the punkah.Actions and Reactions
The punkah, a necessary appendage of every house, is worthy of description.Mark Seaworth
William H.G. Kingston
The nights are dreadful—all for want of a punkah—and hardly any of us get a wink of sleep.Up the Country
Over the bed was a punkah, which was immediately set in motion.Wanderings in India