pantoum

[ pan-toom ]
/ pænˈtum /

noun

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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Origin of pantoum

1880–85; <French, erroneous spelling for pantoun<Malay pantun
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British Dictionary definitions for pantoum

pantoum
/ (pænˈtuːm) /

noun

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

Word Origin for pantoum

C19: via French from Malay pantun
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