ottava rima

ottava ri·​ma | \ -ˈrē-mə How to pronounce ottava rima (audio) \
plural ottava rimas

Definition of ottava rima

: a stanza of eight lines of heroic verse with a rhyme scheme of abababcc

First Known Use of ottava rima

1776, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ottava rima

Italian, literally, eighth rhyme

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“Ottava rima.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 7 December 2019.

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