Waka meaning

wäkä
Any of various Japanese verse forms alternating lines of five and seven morae with an additional last line of seven morae, especially tanka.
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Origin of waka

  • Japanese wa Japanese, of Japan (from Early Middle Chinese ʔwa Japan, the Japanese) (also the source of Mandarin archaic name for Japan) ka song, poem (from Middle Chinese ka tanka)

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