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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 ordered 450 yards of her favourite blue-striped chintz with rosebuds-- it was all very pretty, cool and English though the twenty foot high ceiling was hung with punkahs, those strange fans.
Several features of the houses were especially designed to keep their interiors cool, such as large verandah, wide overhanging Chinese roofs, Anglo-Indian white stucco walls and high ceilings with punkahs (large swinging cloth fans operated by pulling a cord).