terza rima

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noun ter·za ri·ma \ˌtert-sə-ˈrē-mə\

Definition of terza rima

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

Origin and Etymology of terza rima

Italian, literally, third rhyme


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