Definition of Punkah

1. Noun. 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.

Generic synonyms: Fan



Definition of Punkah

1. Noun. a large fan type, common on the Indian subcontinent, especially made from a leaf or from cloth, typically hung from the ceiling, designed to cool a room, often operated manually by a boy (servant) ¹

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Definition of Punkah

1. punka [n -S] - See also: punka

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Punkah

punitory
punji
punji sticks
punjis
punk music
punk rock
punk rocker
punk rockers
punk zine
punk zines
punka
punkabilly
punkah (current term)
punkahs
punkahwallah
punkahwallahs
punkas
punkdom
punked
punker
punkers
punkest
punkette
punkettes
punkey
punkeys
punkie

Literary usage of Punkah

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1. Chambers's Encyclopaedia: A Dictionary of Universal Knowledge for the People (1868)
"... in the wall to a servant stationed without; the servant pulls the punkah backwards and forwards, maintaining a constant current of air in the chamber. ..."

2. Cawnpore by George Otto Trevelyan (1866)
"... to rouse the nodding punkah-puller, more happy than his wakeful master. Little of ornament or convenience is to be ..."

3. The Savage-club Papers by Savage Club (London, England), Savage Club, London (1897)
"THE STORY OF A LITTLE punkah WALLAH. A REMINISCENCE. BY MAJOR WG BOSWORTH. TN the year of grace 18— after a long spell of unre- mining work, I was occupied ..."

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