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punkah

A type of fan (used in Asia, esp. in India) in the form of a swinging screen; consists of cloth stretched on a rectangular frame, hung from the ceiling and kept in motion by a cord pulled by a servant.
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She too attracted criticism by her insistence that lady guests to the House be 'properly' attired, including stockings and gloves--seen by the locals as totally inappropriate in the oppressive heat and humidity of Darwin (where the only cooling was provided by punkahs on the verandahs operated by staff).
Stella Bowen went to a ball at the Galle Face Hotel, her `first glimpse of cosmopolitan life'; `limitless service with Punkahs swaying, lots of ice, white linen suits and complete inertia through the middle of the day'.