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nursery rhyme

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noun
  1. a short, simple poem or song for very young children, as Hickory Dickory Dock.

Origin of nursery rhyme

First recorded in 1835–45
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Examples from the Web for nursery rhyme

Historical Examples

  • It is like the nursery-rhyme of the dog that was eventually 'purwailed on' to get over the stile.

    Sharps and Flats

    John Nevil Maskelyne

  • We cannot but think, however, that in this delineation of two nursery-rhyme kings the artist has put a bit of himself.

  • “We are going to have a little paper with nursery-rhyme pictures all over it,” explained Juliet.

  • Who before suspected that the nursery-rhyme was written by Jack Horner himself?

    Popular Rhymes and Nursery Tales

    David Goodger (goodger@python.org)


British Dictionary definitions for nursery rhyme

nursery rhyme

noun
  1. a short traditional verse or song for children, such as Little Jack Horner
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