from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A Japanese verse form in five lines, the first and third composed of five syllables and the rest of seven.
- n. A Tibetan religious painting on fabric, usually portraying the Buddha or lamas in stereotyped aspects.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a form of Japanese verse in five lines of 5,7,5,7,7 syllables
- n. a strong, forceful expression
- n. a Tibetan painting of the Buddha on fabric.
- n. A kind of boat used in Canton, about 25 feet long and often rowed by women.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A kind of boat used in Canton. It is about 25 feet long and is often rowed by women. Called also tankia.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The boat population of Canton in southern China, the descendants of an aboriginal tribe named Tan, who were driven by the advance of Chinese civilization to live in boats upon the river, and who have for centuries been forbidden to live on the land.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a Tibetan religious painting on fabric
- n. a form of Japanese poetry; the 1st and 3rd lines have five syllables and the 2nd, 4th, and 5th have seven syllables
Tibetan thaṅka, something rolled up.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Japanese 短歌 (たんか, tanka, "short song"). (Wiktionary)
From Japanese 啖呵 (tanka). (Wiktionary)