Definition of punkah noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈpʌŋkə//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpʌŋkə//
    ; BrE BrE//ˈpʌŋkɑː//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpʌŋkɑː//
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  1. 1(Indian English) an electric fan
  2. 2(in India in the past) a large cloth fan that hung from the ceiling and that was moved by pulling a string
  3. Word Originvia Hindi from Sanskrit pakṣaka, from pakṣa ‘wing’.