Definitions for tankaˈtɑŋ kə

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

tan•kaˈtɑŋ kə(n.)(pl.)-kas, -ka.

  1. a Japanese poem consisting of 31 syllables in 5 lines, with 5 syllables in the first and third lines and 7 in the others.

    Category: Prosody

Origin of tanka:

1915–20; < Japn < MChin, = Chin duǎn short + song

Princeton's WordNet

  1. tanka(noun)

    a form of Japanese poetry; the 1st and 3rd lines have five syllables and the 2nd, 4th, and 5th have seven syllables

  2. tanka(noun)

    a Tibetan religious painting on fabric


  1. tanka(Noun)

    a Tibetan painting of the Buddha on fabric.

  2. tanka(Noun)

    a strong, forceful expression

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tanka(noun)

    a kind of boat used in Canton. It is about 25 feet long and is often rowed by women. Called also tankia


  1. Tanka people

    The Tankas or boat people are a special group in Southern China who have traditionally lived on junks in coastal parts of Guangdong, Guangxi, Fujian, Hainan, and Zhejiang provinces, as well as Hong Kong and Macau. Though many now live onshore, some from the older generations still live on their narrow boats and pursue their traditional livelihood of fishing. Historically, the Tankas were considered to be outcasts. Since they were boat people who lived by the sea, they were sometimes referred to as "sea gypsies" by the Chinese and British. Tanka origins can be traced back to the native ethnic minorities of southern China who may have taken refuge on the sea and gradually assimilated into Han culture. However, Tanka have preserved many of their native traditions that are not found in Han Chinese culture. A small number of Tankas also live in parts of Vietnam. There they are called Dan and are classified as a subgroup of the Ngái ethnicity.

Translations for tanka

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(often with about ) to have or form ideas in one's mind

Can babies think?; I was thinking about my mother.

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