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[kler-uh-hyoo] /ˈklɛr əˌhyu/
noun, Prosody
a light verse form, usually consisting of two couplets, with lines of uneven length and irregular meter, the first line usually containing the name of a well-known person.
1925-30; named after E. Clerihew Bentley (1875-1956), English writer, its inventor Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for clerihew


a form of comic or satiric verse, consisting of two couplets of metrically irregular lines, containing the name of a well-known person
Word Origin
C20: named after Edmund Clerihew Bentley, who invented it
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Word Origin and History for clerihew

humorous verse form, 1928, from English humorist Edmund Clerihew Bentley (1875-1956), who described it in a book published 1906 under the name E. Clerihew.

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Encyclopedia Article for clerihew

a light verse quatrain in lines usually of varying length, rhyming aabb, and usually dealing with a person named in the initial rhyme.

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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