punkah

or pun·ka

[ puhng-kuh ]
/ ˈpʌŋ kə /

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.

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Origin of punkah

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