puna

noun
pu·​na | \ ˈpü-nə How to pronounce puna (audio) \

Definition of puna

: a treeless windswept tableland or basin in the higher Andes

Examples of puna in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Another puna near La Perouse Bay held slightly fresher water at 4,920mg/L. Historical accounts also describe people just skimming water from the surface of the sea, much to the consternation of European observers. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "How did Easter Islanders survive without wells or streams?," 17 Oct. 2018 And the water in the puna when Brosnan and her colleagues stopped by contained just 5,920 grams of salt per liter. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "How did Easter Islanders survive without wells or streams?," 17 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of puna

1604, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for puna

American Spanish, from Quechua

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“Puna.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/puna. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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