eye rhyme

eye rhyme

noun

Origin:
1870–75

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eye rhyme
 
n
a rhyme involving words that are similar in spelling but not in sound, such as stone and none

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eye rhyme

in poetry, an imperfect rhyme in which two words are spelled similarly but pronounced differently (such as move and love, bough and though, come and home, and laughter and daughter). Some of these (such as flood and brood) are referred to as historical rhymes because at one time they probably had the same pronunciation.

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