noun, plural tan·kas, tan·ka. Prosody.
Origin of tanka
Examples from the Web for tanka
Historical Examples of tanka
Sooner or later this crystallized into what is called a tanka or short ode.
Typical of this kind of painting are the pictures of Tanka burning the Image.Zen Buddhism
By dropping the "a" before "tanka" we have changed the name to Big Water.The Feast of the Virgins and Other Poems
H. L. Gordon
The concluding hemistich, whereby the hokku becomes the tanka, is existent in the writer's mind, but never uttered.
Some one would utter the first three lines of a tanka and some one else would cap the composition by adding the last two.
noun plural -kas or -ka
Word Origin for tanka
form of Japanese verse, from Japanese tanka, from tan "short" + ka "song."