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double rhyme

See under feminine rhyme.

feminine rhyme

noun, Prosody.
a rhyme either of two syllables of which the second is unstressed (double rhyme) as in motion, notion, or of three syllables of which the second and third are unstressed (triple rhyme) as in fortunate, importunate.
Also called female rhyme.
Origin of feminine rhyme
First recorded in 1865-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The poem is written in ottava rima, but, very singularly, there is not one double rhyme from beginning to end.

  • And, when the prayers rhymed, how exhilarating it was to lay stress on each rhyme and double rhyme, shouting them fervidly.

  • In double rhyme the correspondence of sound extends to two syllables, and in triple rhyme to three.

  • In all Italian rhyme there is thus always a double rhyme, the final syllable, moreover, invariably ending with a vowel.

    Essays sthetical George Calvert
British Dictionary definitions for double rhyme

feminine rhyme

(prosody) a rhyme between words in which one, two, or more unstressed syllables follow a stressed one, as in elation, nation or merrily, verily Compare masculine rhyme
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