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haka

[ hah-kah ]
/ ˈhɑ kɑ /
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noun
a ceremonial Maori war dance that involves chanting.
a similar performance by a sports team, especially before a Rugby match in New Zealand.
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Origin of haka

First recorded in 1830–40; from Maori; akin to Tongan haka “hand gestures performed in a song,” Hawaiian ha‘a, Samoan sa‘a “dance,” from assumed Proto-Polynesian saka
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British Dictionary definitions for haka

haka
/ (ˈhɑːkə) /

noun NZ
a Māori war chant accompanied by gestures
a similar performance by a rugby team

Word Origin for haka

Māori
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