[ hahy-koo ]
/ ˈhaɪ ku /
noun, plural hai·ku for 2.
a major form of Japanese verse, written in 17 syllables divided into 3 lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables, and employing highly evocative allusions and comparisons, often on the subject of nature or one of the seasons.
a poem written in this form.
Haiku Shows Poetry Doesn’t Need To Be ComplicatedThese examples of haiku show that the most beautiful poetry may be the simplest.
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British Dictionary definitions for haiku
/ (ˈhaɪkuː) /
noun plural -ku
an epigrammatic Japanese verse form in 17 syllables
Word Origin for haiku
from Japanese, from hai amusement + ku verse
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Culture definitions for haiku
[ (heye-kooh) ]
A form of Japanese poetry. A haiku expresses a single feeling or impression and contains three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables, respectively.
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