waka

waka

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

Origin:
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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waka (ˈwɔːkə)
 
n
1.  a Māori canoe, usually made from a tree trunk
2.  a tribal group claiming descent from the first Māori settlers in New Zealand
 
[Māori]

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