vil·​la·​nelle | \ˌvi-lə-ˈnel \

Definition of villanelle 

: a chiefly French verse form running on two rhymes and consisting typically of five tercets and a quatrain in which the first and third lines of the opening tercet recur alternately at the end of the other tercets and together as the last two lines of the quatrain

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But then, rarely does an individual strip contain a complete and proper villanelle about food. Wired Blogs, WIRED, "Cat and Girl Gets Poetic," 22 Sep. 2006

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First Known Use of villanelle

1877, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for villanelle

French, from Italian villanella

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