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tanka 1

Pronunciation: /ˈtaŋkə/

noun (plural same or tankas)

A Japanese poem in five lines and thirty-one syllables, giving a complete picture of an event or mood.
Example sentences
  • An exquisite lyricism informs her maturing vision and technique as she distills emotion into ever more restrictive forms: sonnets and ballads, tankas and haikus.
  • Above all, her fine pieces of poetry show, as do classic Japanese haiku and tanka, the unity and harmony of all things, the sensibility that human beings and nature are one and inseparable.
  • The tankas render the space of the land that you're actually seeing there; in the tankas it's rendered conceptually, in a way that has to do with Tantric Buddhism.

Origin

Japanese, from tan 'short' + ka 'song'.

Words that rhyme with tanka

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tanka 2

Pronunciation: /ˈtɑːŋka/

noun (plural tankas)

A Tibetan religious painting on a scroll, hung as a banner in temples and carried in processions.
Example sentences
  • Scroll paintings called tanka that depicted the various gods and saints of Lamaist Buddhism decorated every temple.
  • The museum will house a collection of 1,200 Tibetan tankas and sculptures in the old store in Manhattan.
  • Among Tibetans, Harada is so highly revered for its purifying attributes that it is the small fruit that is depicted in the hands of the ‘medicine Buddha’ in their sacred paintings or tankas.

Origin

From Tibetan t'áṅ-ka 'image, painting'.

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