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pantoum

[pan-toom]
noun
  1. a Malay verse form consisting of an indefinite number of quatrains with the second and fourth lines of each quatrain repeated as the first and third lines of the following one.
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Also pantun.

Origin of pantoum

1880–85; < French, erroneous spelling for pantoun < Malay pantun
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  • The pantoum is of Eastern origin, but it came into English through the French.

    The Principles of English Versification

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British Dictionary definitions for pantoum

pantoum

noun
  1. prosody a verse form consisting of a series of quatrains in which the second and fourth lines of each verse are repeated as the first and third lines of the next
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Word Origin

C19: via French from Malay pantun
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