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clerihew

[ kler-uh-hyoo ]
/ ˈklɛr əˌhyu /
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noun Prosody.

a light verse form, usually consisting of two couplets, with lines of uneven length and irregular meter, the first line usually containing the name of a well-known person.

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Origin of clerihew

1925–30; named after E. Clerihew Bentley (1875–1956), English writer, its inventor
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British Dictionary definitions for clerihew

clerihew
/ (ˈklɛrɪˌhjuː) /

noun

a form of comic or satiric verse, consisting of two couplets of metrically irregular lines, containing the name of a well-known person
C20: named after Edmund Clerihew Bentley, who invented it
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