puna

puna

[poo-nah]
noun
1.
a high, cold, arid plateau, as in the Peruvian Andes.
2.
Pathology, altitude sickness.

Origin:
1605–15; < American Spanish < Quechua

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puna (ˈpuna)
 
n
1.  a high cold dry plateau, esp in the Andes
2.  another name for mountain sickness
 
[C17: from American Spanish, from Quechuan]

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