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A hand gesture in which the thumb and little finger are extended outwards from a closed fist, used when greeting or parting from someone or to express approval, solidarity, etc.‘the President left with a grin and a shaka sign’‘he didn't know who the guy was, but still gave a shaka and said ‘nice voice’’
Used to express approval, solidarity, etc., often when greeting or parting from someone.‘‘Shaka, brah.’ He high-fived Lopaka, then broke into laughter’
1970s (originally in Hawaiian English): origin uncertain; perhaps from Japanese shaka, a name for the Buddha (though if this is the case, the relationship with the gesture is unclear).
(c.1787–1828), Zulu chief 1816–28. He reorganized his forces and waged war against many Nguni clans, subjugating them and forming a Zulu empire in south-eastern Africa.
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