from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A fan used especially in India, made of a palm frond or strip of cloth hung from the ceiling and moved by a servant.
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- n. Alternative spelling of punkah.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In the East Indies, a fan of any kind; specifically, a swinging screen consisting of cloth stretched on a rectangular frame, hung from the ceiling and kept in motion by a servant, or in some cases by machinery, by means of which the air of an apartment is agitated.
Hindi paṅkhá, from Sanskrit pakṣakaḥ, fan, from pakṣaḥ, wing.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)