ottava rima

noun (1)
ottava ri·​ma | \ -ˈrē-mə How to pronounce ottava rima (audio) \
plural ottava rimas

Definition of ottava rima

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

terza rima

noun (2)
ter·​za ri·​ma | \ ˌtert-sə-ˈrē-mə How to pronounce terza rima (audio) \

Definition of terza rima (Entry 2 of 2)

: a verse form consisting of tercets usually in iambic pentameter in English poetry with an interlaced rhyme scheme (such as aba, bcb, cdc)

First Known Use of ottava rima

Noun (1)

1776, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1819, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ottava rima

Noun (1)

Italian, literally, eighth rhyme

Noun (2)

Italian, literally, third rhyme

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“Ottava rima.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 9 December 2019.

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