cyng·​ha·​nedd | \ kəŋˈhä(ˌ)net͟h \
plural cynganeddion\ ˌkəŋəˈnet͟hyən \

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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History and Etymology for 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

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“Cynghanedd.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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