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hokku

[ haw-koo, hok-oo ]
/ ˈhɔ ku, ˈhɒk u /
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noun, plural hok·ku.Prosody.

the opening verse of a linked verse series.

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Origin of hokku

1895–1900; <Japanese, equivalent to hok opening, first + ku stanza; earlier fot-ku<Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese depart + phrase
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British Dictionary definitions for hokku

hokku
/ (ˈhɒkuː) /

noun plural -ku

prosody another word for haiku
from Japanese, from hok beginning + ku hemistich
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