Main definitions of oka in English

: oka1Oka2

oka1

(South African, US oke)

noun

  • 1An Egyptian and former Turkish unit of weight, variable but now usually equal to approximately 1.3 kg (23/4 lb).

    • ‘At the time of the Italian invasion in October 1940 an oka (1.3kg., or nearly 3lb.) of bread cost 10 drachmas.’
  • 2An Egyptian and former Turkish unit of capacity equal to approximately 0.2 litre (1/3 pint).

Origin

Early 17th century: via Italian and French oque from Turkish okka, from Arabic ūqīya, based on Latin uncia ‘ounce’.

Pronunciation

oka

/ˈɒkə/

Main definitions of oka in English

: oka1Oka2

Oka2

noun

mass noun
  • A variety of cured Canadian cheese, made by Trappist monks.

    • ‘The beet, apple and Oka salad was served in a light, flaky filo cup.’
    • ‘The omelettes are great, made with three extra large eggs and an array of cheeses from Oka to Monterey Jack.’
    • ‘I think Oka is a bit too pungent for a cheese plate, as it can overpower the other selections.’

Origin

Named after a town in southern Quebec, where the cheese is made.

Pronunciation

Oka

/ˈəʊkə/