tanka

[ tahng-kuh ]
/ ˈtɑŋ kə /

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.

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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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