noun \ˈdrōtˌkfāt\

Definition of drott–kvaett



  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of drott–kvaett

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

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to cast off or become cast off

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