sextain

[sek-steyn]
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noun Prosody.

a stanza of six lines.

Origin of sextain

1630–40; blend of two obsolete French words: sixain six-line stanza and sestine sestina
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sextain

noun

another word for sestina

Word Origin for sextain

C17: from obsolete French sestine sestina, but also influenced by obsolete sixain stanza of six lines
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