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pun·kaor pun·kah (pŭng′kə)
A fan used especially in India, made of a palm frond or strip of cloth hung from the ceiling and moved by a servant.
[Hindi paṅkhá, from Sanskrit pakṣakaḥ, fan, from pakṣaḥ, wing.]
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n., pl. -kahs.
(esp. in colonial India) a fan consisting of a wooden frame covered with cloth and hung from the ceiling, set in motion by pulling a cord.
[1615–25; < Hindi paṅkhāIndo-Aryan]
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|Noun||1.||punkah - a large fan consisting of a frame covered with canvas that is suspended from the ceiling; used in India for circulating air in a room|
fan - a device for creating a current of air by movement of a surface or surfaces
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