There are 2 main definitions of Wa in English:


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Pronunciation: /wɑː

noun (plural same or Was)

1A member of a hill people living on the borders of China and Burma (Myanmar).
2 [mass noun] The language of the Wa, belonging to the Mon-Khmer family.
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  • Map showing three main dialect groupings of Wa speakers in Yunnan, China, as well as additional sub-dialects.
  • He has worked on minority languages spoken in Burma/Myanmar such as: Wa, Sgaw Karen and Khumi Chin.


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Relating to or denoting the Wa or their language.
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  • Burma's Wa tribe has become Asia's most dangerous drug cartel.

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