terza rima

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

Definition of terza rima

: 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 terza rima

1819, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for terza rima

Italian, literally, third rhyme

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“Terza rima.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/terza%20rima. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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