\ ˈdrōtˌkfāt \
plural -s

Definition of drott-kvaett

: an Old Icelandic verse consisting of a stanza of eight regular lines with a complex pattern of internal and terminal rhyme, alliteration, and especially alternation of consonance with full rhyme at the ends of lines

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History and Etymology for drott-kvaett

modification of Old Norse drōttkvæthr, drōttkvæthi, from drōtt retinue + -kvæthr, kvæthi poem, from kvetha to say, speak, recite

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“Drott-kvaett.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drott-kvaett. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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