2. Noun. (historical) A South Pacific Islander, especially a labourer in Australia or Canada. ¹
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Definition of Kanaka
1. a Hawaiian [n -S]
Lexicographical Neighbors of Kanaka
Literary usage of Kanaka
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. History of California by Theodore Henry Hittell (1898)
"But the richest place in the region, perhaps, was that known as kanaka Creek. Mention has already been made of a kanaka, called Jim Crow, and his discovery ..."
2. Japan, the Amoor, and the Pacific: With Notices of Other Places Comprised in by Henry Arthur Tilley (1861)
"While we waited for horses at the house of a German merchant, a low carriage, drawn by a poor, bony animal, and driven by a gentleman kanaka, stopped at the ..."
3. Christian Missions and Social Progress: A Sociological Study of Foreign Missions by James Shepard Dennis (1897)
"John G. Paton, of the New Hebrides Mission, has investigated the kanaka ... An account of the Queensland kanaka traffic and its horrors is given by the Rev. ..."
4. Mining in the Pacific States of North America by John Shertzer Hittell (1862)
"Regulations of Wew kanaka Camp. ? 177. The following are the mining regulations of " New kanaka Camp " district, in Tuolumne county, exclusive of the clause ..."
5. Joint Report Upon the Survey and Demarcation of the Boundary Between the by International Boundary Commission, William Frederick King, James Joseph McArthur, 1856-, Otto Hilgard Tittmann, Edward Chester Barnard, Ernest Lester Jones (1921)
"... kanaka Bay sites for monuments were selected, monuments erected, the necessary triangulation executed, and topographic maps were made at Iceberg Point ..."