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punkah

[puhng-kuh] /ˈpʌŋ kə/
noun
1.
(especially in India) a fan, especially a large, swinging, screenlike fan hung from the ceiling and moved by a servant or by machinery.
adjective
2.
of, pertaining to, used on, or working a punkah:
punkah ropes.
Also, punka.
Origin
1615-1625
1615-25; < Hindi paṅkhā
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punka

/ˈpʌŋkə/
noun
1.
a fan made of a palm leaf or leaves
Word Origin
C17: from Hindi pankhā, from Sanskrit paksaka fan, from paksa wing
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