- Prosody. tanka.
- poetry written in Japanese, as distinct from poetry written in Chinese by a Japanese writer, or poetry in other languages.
Origin of waka
1875–80; < Japanese: literally, Japanese song < Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese hé harmony (as a euphemistic reading of the character for wō dwarf, an ancient Chinese designation for the Japanese) + gē song
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Examples from the Web for waka
From Te Waka's people he heard the account of the morning's work.
Waka then took her from island to island until they were near Oahu.
Arriving at the cave, he found there Waka and Moo, two kahus of the shark god.Hawaiian Folk Tales
He felled the tree, and, lopping off the upper part, began the laborious work of dubbing out the waka.
Waka went to Waolani and told Anuenue about Paliula's trouble.
- a Māori canoe, usually made from a tree trunk
- a tribal group claiming descent from the first Māori settlers in New Zealand