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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Some other sub-varieties of the sextain have rhyming final words in each stanza.
Besides this original form of the sextain several other varieties are met with in English poetry.
Word Origin for sextain
C17: from obsolete French sestine sestina, but also influenced by obsolete sixain stanza of six lines
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