ottava rima


ottava ri·​ma -ˈrē-mə How to pronounce ottava rima (audio)
plural ottava rimas
: a stanza of eight lines of heroic verse with a rhyme scheme of abababcc

Word History


Italian, literally, eighth rhyme

First Known Use

1776, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ottava rima was in 1776

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“Ottava rima.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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