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villanelle

[ vil-uh-nel ]
/ ˌvɪl əˈnɛl /
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noun Prosody.

a short poem of fixed form, written in tercets, usually five in number, followed by a final quatrain, all being based on two rhymes.

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Origin of villanelle

1580–90; <French <Italian; see villanella, -elle
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villanelle
/ (ˌvɪləˈnɛl) /

noun

a verse form of French origin consisting of 19 lines arranged in five tercets and a quatrain. The first and third lines of the first tercet recur alternately at the end of each subsequent tercet and both together at the end of the quatrain

Word Origin for villanelle

C16: from French, from Italian villanella
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