tanka

noun
tan·​ka | \ ˈtäŋ-kə How to pronounce tanka (audio) \

Definition of tanka

: an unrhymed Japanese verse form of five lines containing five, seven, five, seven, and seven syllables respectively also : a poem in this form — compare haiku

First Known Use of tanka

circa 1877, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tanka

Japanese

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The first known use of tanka was circa 1877

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