poetry written in Japanese, as distinct from poetry written in Chinese by a Japanese writer, or poetry in other languages.
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How to use waka in a sentence
waka Nené carried on the fighting on his own account, and in a skirmish with him Heké was badly wounded.
Four hundred soldiers, supported by as many Ngapuhi friendlies under waka Nené, marched against it.
waka Nené was given a pension of £100 a year, and ostentatiously honoured and consulted.
Amé-no-waka-hiko also, whom they sent, did not declare an answer, but immediately perished by the calamity of a bird on high.The Religions of Japan | William Elliot Griffis
At this moment Ame-waka was resting after the harvest feast.Old-World Japan | Frank Rinder
British Dictionary definitions for waka
a Māori canoe, usually made from a tree trunk
a tribal group claiming descent from the first Māori settlers in New Zealand
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