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Tan·ka  (tängkä)
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.

[Chinese (Cantonese) Tánka, equivalent to Chinese (Mandarin) Dànji : Dàn, tribal name + ji, family, people.]

tan·ka 1  (tängk)
n.
A Japanese verse form in five lines, the first and third composed of five syllables and the rest of seven.

[Japanese.]

tan·ka 2
n.
A Tibetan religious painting on fabric, usually portraying the Buddha or lamas in stereotyped aspects.

[Tibetan thaka, something rolled up.]
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