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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.


pantoum

/ pænˈtuːm /

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 History and Origins

Origin of pantoum1

1880–85; < French, erroneous spelling for pantoun < Malay pantun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of pantoum1

C19: via French from Malay pantun
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Example Sentences

The pantoum is of Eastern origin, but it came into English through the French.

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