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n. pl. Tanka or Tan·kas
A member of a people inhabiting coastal areas in China, traditionally living on small boats clustered in colonies. Also called Tan.

[Cantonese daan6 gaa1, daan6, tribal name (from Middle Chinese tɦan`; also the source of Mandarin dàn), gaa1, family, people (from Middle Chinese kja⋮; also the source of Mandarin jiā).]

tan·ka 1

a. A Japanese lyric verse form having seven unrhymed lines, the first and third composed of five morae and the rest of seven.
b. A verse form in another language modeled on the Japanese tanka, typically counting syllables instead of morae.
2. A poem written in such a form.

[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 ).]

tan·ka 2

Variant of thangka.
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n, pl -kas or -ka
(Poetry) a Japanese verse form consisting of five lines, the first and third having five syllables, the others seven
[C19: from Japanese, from tan short + ka verse]
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(ˈtɑŋ kə)

n., pl. -kas, -ka.
a Japanese poem consisting of 31 syllables in 5 lines, with 5 syllables in the first and third lines and 7 in the others.
[1915–20; < Japanese < Middle Chinese, = Chinese duǎn short + song]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tanka - a form of Japanese poetry; the 1st and 3rd lines have five syllables and the 2nd, 4th, and 5th have seven syllables
poem, verse form - a composition written in metrical feet forming rhythmical lines
2.tanka - a Tibetan religious painting on fabric
painting, picture - graphic art consisting of an artistic composition made by applying paints to a surface; "a small painting by Picasso"; "he bought the painting as an investment"; "his pictures hang in the Louvre"
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The Duck Shop at the UO Bookstore now carries an all-natural buffalo and cranberry energy bar, a modern artisanal take on a traditional Native American recipe for "wasna" or "pemmican." The Tanka Bar, produced by the Pine Ridge Reservation of South Dakota, has about 70 calories, 7 grams each of protein and carbohydrate and 1.5 grams of fat per 1 ounce serving.
Kat and her sister Tanka are living with foster parents who took them in when their parents were gunned down during the war.
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Steve Webb, author and illustrator of Tanka Tanka Skunk (Red Fox, pounds 5.99), will also be on hand to give visitors an insight into the world of children's illustration and encourage visitors to create imaginative images of their own.