kanaka

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See also: Kanaka, Kanakā, and kānaka

English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

1840. From Hawaiian kanaka (person), ultimately from Proto-Polynesian *taŋata.

Noun[edit]

kanaka (plural kanakas)

  1. A person of Hawaiian descent.
  2. (historical) A South Pacific Islander, especially a labourer in Australia or Canada.

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Hawaiian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Polynesian *taŋata

Noun[edit]

kanaka (irregular plural kānaka)

  1. human being
  2. subject, retainer
  3. a Hawaiian

Tok Pisin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Probably from German Kanake (see other entries on this page for more).

Noun[edit]

kanaka

  1. aborigine; native; tribesman

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