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terza rima

[ tert-suh -ree-muh; Italian ter-tsah -ree-mah ]
/ ˈtɛrt sə ˈri mə; Italian ˈtɛr tsɑ ˈri mɑ /
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noun Prosody.

an Italian form of iambic verse consisting of eleven-syllable lines arranged in tercets, the middle line of each tercet rhyming with the first and last lines of the following tercet.

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Origin of terza rima

1810–20; <Italian: third rhyme

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British Dictionary definitions for terza rima

terza rima
/ (ˈtɛətsə ˈriːmə) /

noun plural terze rime (ˈtɛətseɪ ˈriːmeɪ)

a verse form of Italian origin consisting of a series of tercets in which the middle line of one tercet rhymes with the first and third lines of the next

Word Origin for terza rima

C19: from Italian, literally: third rhyme
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