Tanka meaning

tängkə
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A Japanese verse form of 31 syllables in five unrhymed lines, the first and third having five syllables each and the others seven.
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A poem written in such a form.
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A member of a people inhabiting coastal areas in China, traditionally living on small boats clustered in colonies.
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A poem in this form.
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A form of Japanese verse in five lines of 5,7,5,7,7 morae.
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A strong, forceful expression.
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A kind of boat used in Canton, about 25 feet long and often rowed by women.

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A member of a group of people in southern China who traditionally live on junks.
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Origin of tanka

  • Cantonese daan6 gaa1 daan6 tribal name (from Middle Chinese tfian`) (also the source of Mandarin dàn) gaa1 family, people (from Middle Chinese kjaː) (also the source of Mandarin jiā)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Japanese tan short (from Middle Chinese tuan´) (also the source of Mandarin duǎn) ka song, poem (from Middle Chinese ka) (also the source of Mandarin )

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Japanese 短歌 (tanka たんか, “short song"), from Middle Chinese 短 (twán "short") + æ­Œ (ka "song") (compare Mandarin duÇŽngÄ“ 短歌).

    From Wiktionary

  • From Japanese 啖呵 (tanka).

    From Wiktionary