(PUN-kah) [Hindi, from Sanskrit] In India, a fan consisting of a light frame covered with cloth and suspended from the ceiling, moved by machinery or by a servant.

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  • punkah — or punka [puŋ′kə] n. [Hindi pankhā < Sans pakshaka, fan < paksha, wing] in India, a large fan made from the palmyra leaf, or a large, swinging fan consisting of canvas stretched over a rectangular frame and hung from the ceiling …   English World dictionary

  • Punkah — A punkah (Hindi pankha ) is a type of fan. In its original sense the punkah was a portable fan made from the leaf of the palmyra. In the colonial age, the word came to be used in a special sense by Anglo Indians in British India for a large… …   Wikipedia

  • Punkah — Moderner computergesteuerter Punkah Pankha (hindostani), auch Punkah, bezeichnet einen Fächerwedel. Ursprünglich war ein Pankha ein transportabler Fächer, der aus einem Palmyra oder Borassus Palmblatt hergestellt wurde. Diese Bezeichnung hat sich …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • punkah — /pung keuh/, n. 1. (esp. in India) a fan, esp. a large, swinging, screenlike fan hung from the ceiling and moved by a servant or by machinery. adj. 2. of, pertaining to, used on, or working a punkah: punkah ropes. Also, punka. [1615 25; < Hindi… …   Universalium

  • punkah — UK [ˈpʌŋkə] / US noun [countable] Word forms punkah : singular punkah plural punkahs Indian English old fashioned a piece of equipment used for making the air cold in a room. It consists of a large flat piece of cloth that hangs from the ceiling …   English dictionary

  • punkah — n. 1 (in India) a fan usu. made from the leaf of the palmyra. 2 a large swinging cloth fan on a frame worked by a cord or electrically. Phrases and idioms: punkah wallah a person who works a punkah. Etymology: Hindi pankha fan f. Skr. paksaka f.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • punkah — Punka Pun ka, n. [Hind. pankh[=a] fan.] A machine for fanning a room, usually a movable fanlike frame covered with canvas, and suspended from the ceiling. It is kept in motion by pulling a cord. [Hindostan] [Written also {punkah}.] Malcom. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • punkah — noun /ˈpʌŋkə,ˈpʌŋkɑː/ 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) , 1973: Perhaps it was a… …   Wiktionary

  • punkah —   n. large fan, especially moved by rope.    ♦ punkah wallah, n. servant moving this …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • punkah — noun Etymology: Hindi & Urdu pãkhā Date: 1787 a fan used especially in India that consists of a canvas covered frame suspended from the ceiling and that is operated by a cord …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • punkah — pun|kah [ˈpʌŋkə] n in the past, a large ↑fan that was hung across a room and was swung backwards and forwards by hand …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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