tenson

noun
ten·son | \ˈten(t)sən\
variants: or less commonly tenso \-nˌsō \ or tenzon \-nzən \
plural -s

Definition of tenson 

: a lyric poem of dispute composed by Provençal troubadours in which two opponents speak alternate stanzas, lines, or groups of lines usually identical in structure — compare débat, partimen

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History and Etymology for tenson

tenson from French, from Middle French tençon, tenson, from Provençal tensoun; tenzon from Italian tenzone, from Provençal tensoun; tenso from Proverbs tensoun, tenso quarrel, contest, tenson, from Latin tension-, tensio tension

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