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haikai

[hahy-kahy] /ˈhaɪ kaɪ/
noun, plural haikai for 2. Prosody
1.
an informal type of linked verse originated by Bashō, a 17th-century Japanese poet.
2.
a poem of this type.
Origin of haikai
1880-1885
1880-85; < Japanese haikai (no renga) jesting (linked verse); earlier faikai < Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese páixié jest
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  • As haikai was becoming popular, the hokku was becoming a poetic idiom in its own right.

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