waka

[ wah-kuh ]
/ ˈwɑ kə /
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noun, plural wa·ka, wa·kas.

Prosody. tanka.
poetry written in Japanese, as distinct from poetry written in Chinese by a Japanese writer, or poetry in other languages.

Nearby words

  1. waive,
  2. waiver,
  3. waiver of premium,
  4. wajda,
  5. wajda, andrzej,
  6. wakamatsu,
  7. wakame,
  8. wakashan,
  9. wakayama,
  10. wake

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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British Dictionary definitions for waka

waka

/ (ˈwɔːkə) /

noun NZ

a Māori canoe, usually made from a tree trunk
a tribal group claiming descent from the first Māori settlers in New Zealand

Word Origin for waka

Māori

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