noun, plural tan·kas, tan·ka. Prosody.
Origin of tanka
Examples from the Web for tanka
The tiresome habit of enumerating a woman's charms, either briefly or at length, is happily an impossibility in the tanka.Myths & Legends of Japan|F. Hadland (Frederick Hadland) Davis
One night Tanka, a Zen priest, stayed as a guest at an ordinary Buddhist monastery.Zen Buddhism|Arthur Waley
The concluding hemistich, whereby the hokku becomes the tanka, is existent in the writer's mind, but never uttered.
Sooner or later this crystallized into what is called a tanka or short ode.
Such couplets were called shi to distinguish them from the pure Japanese uta or tanka.
British Dictionary definitions for tanka
noun plural -kas or -ka
Word Origin for tanka
Word Origin and History for tanka
form of Japanese verse, from Japanese tanka, from tan "short" + ka "song."