punkahwallah

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Hindi पङ्खावाला (paṅkhāvālā); also analyzable within English as punkah +‎ wallah.

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punkahwallah (plural punkahwallahs)

  1. the wallah (boy, servant) who operates a punkah, large cloth fan suspended from the ceiling

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  • Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary, Springfield, Massachusetts, G.&C. Merriam Co., 1967