Definition of cynghanedd
1 : a strict intricate system of alliteration and rhyme used in Welsh poetry the knowledge of cynghanedd is shared by farm laborer and village craftsman as well as the schoolmaster and parson — Wyn Griffith
2 : alliteration or alliteration and rhyme in any of the four patterns of cynghanedd one rule is common to all the “24 measures”: there must be cynghanedd in every line — A. S. D. Smith
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Origin and Etymology of cynghanedd
Welsh, from cym- com- (from Old Welsh com-) + canu to sing + -edd (noun suffix); akin to Latin com- and to Latin canere to sing — more at chant
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