tanka

[ tahng-kuh ]
/ ˈtɑŋ kə /
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noun, plural tan·kas, tan·ka. Prosody.

a Japanese poem consisting of 31 syllables in 5 lines, with 5 syllables in the first and third lines and 7 in the others.

Origin of tanka

1915–20; < Japanese < Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese duǎn short + song; cf. renga
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British Dictionary definitions for tanka

tanka

/ (ˈtɑːŋkə) /

noun plural -kas or -ka

a Japanese verse form consisting of five lines, the first and third having five syllables, the others seven

Word Origin for tanka

C19: from Japanese, from tan short + ka verse
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Word Origin and History for tanka

tanka


form of Japanese verse, from Japanese tanka, from tan "short" + ka "song."

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