punkah

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Borrowed from Hindi पंखा (paṅkhā, fan), from Sanskrit पक्षक (pakṣaka), from पक्ष (pakṣa, wing).

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punkah (plural punkahs)

  1. (South Asia) A fan, especially made of leaf or cloth and hung from the ceiling; in the past often operated by a servant.
    • 1973, Patrick O'Brian, HMS Surprise:
      Perhaps it was a mistake to invite Mr Stanhope; the day was intolerably hot and humid; all he wanted to do was to lie on his bed with a punkah sighing over him, at least moving the unbreathable air.

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