punkah

noun
pun·​kah | \ ˈpəŋ-kə How to pronounce punkah (audio) \

Definition of punkah

: a fan used especially in India that consists of a canvas-covered frame suspended from the ceiling and that is operated by a cord

First Known Use of punkah

1790, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for punkah

Hindi & Urdu pãkhā

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“Punkah.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/punkah. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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