Definition of puna in English:

puna

noun

  • 1A high treeless plateau in the Peruvian Andes.

    • ‘The empty expanses of the puna, as the grasslands are called in the Andes, correspond to the silence in which we walked.’
    • ‘He published seminal papers on the ecology of the puna avifauna and on the breeding biology of several of its endemic species.’
    • ‘Our route takes us along the Tambo Mayo River - still white with ice by late morning, where even the waterfalls are frozen, and on to the windswept puna.’
    • ‘Up again to a cold puna crossed by another frozen river and dotted with many llamas.’
  • 2

    another term for altitude sickness

Origin

Via American Spanish from Quechua.

Pronunciation:

puna

/ˈpuːnə/