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  • n. A type of large fan, 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 servant.

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  • n. 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


From Hindi pańkhā ‘fan’, from Sanskrit पकशक pakśaka, from पकश pakśa ‘wing’. (Wiktionary)



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