puna

noun

pu·​na ˈpü-nə How to pronounce puna (audio)
: a treeless windswept tableland or basin in the higher Andes

Examples of puna in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Reviving the amunas could be complemented by projects to restore the puna, the high-altitude tundra ecosystem that, when healthy, holds water like a sponge. Simeon Tegel, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Dec. 2022

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Word History

Etymology

American Spanish, from Quechua

First Known Use

1604, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of puna was in 1604

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“Puna.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/puna. Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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