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waka

[wah-kuh]
noun, plural wa·ka, wa·kas.
  1. Prosody. tanka.
  2. poetry written in Japanese, as distinct from poetry written in Chinese by a Japanese writer, or poetry in other languages.
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Origin of waka

1875–80; < Japanese: literally, Japanese song < Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese harmony (as a euphemistic reading of the character for dwarf, an ancient Chinese designation for the Japanese) + song
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Examples from the Web for waka

Historical Examples

  • From Te Waka's people he heard the account of the morning's work.

    The adventures of Kimble Bent

    James Cowan

  • Waka then took her from island to island until they were near Oahu.

    Legends of Gods and Ghosts (Hawaiian Mythology)

    W. D. (William Drake) Westervelt

  • Arriving at the cave, he found there Waka and Moo, two kahus of the shark god.

  • He felled the tree, and, lopping off the upper part, began the laborious work of dubbing out the waka.

  • Waka went to Waolani and told Anuenue about Paliula's trouble.

    Legends of Gods and Ghosts (Hawaiian Mythology)

    W. D. (William Drake) Westervelt


British Dictionary definitions for waka

waka

noun NZ
  1. a Māori canoe, usually made from a tree trunk
  2. a tribal group claiming descent from the first Māori settlers in New Zealand
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Word Origin

Māori
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