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.
[Cantonese daan6 gaa1, daan6, tribal name (from Middle Chinese tɦan`; also the source of Mandarin dàn), gaa1, family, people (from Middle Chinese kjaː; also the source of Mandarin jiā).]
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