haiku

[hahy-koo]
noun, plural haiku for 2.
1.
a major form of Japanese verse, written in 17 syllables divided into 3 lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables, and employing highly evocative allusions and comparisons, often on the subject of nature or one of the seasons.
2.
a poem written in this form.

Origin:
1895–1900; < Japanese, equivalent to hai(kai) haikai + ku stanza; see hokku

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haiku or hokku (ˈhaɪkuː)
 
n , pl -ku
an epigrammatic Japanese verse form in 17 syllables
 
[from Japanese, from hai amusement + ku verse]
 
hokku or hokku
 
n
 
[from Japanese, from hai amusement + ku verse]

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Word Origin & History

haiku
1899, from Japanese, where it is singular of haikai, in haikai no renga "jesting linked-verse;" originally a succession of haiku linked together into one poem. The form developed mid-16c.
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haiku [(heye-kooh)]

A form of Japanese poetry. A haiku expresses a single feeling or impression and contains three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables, respectively.

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Example sentences
Have them study the elements of poetry, starting with onomatopoeia and the
  significance of images in haiku.
Below the jump, you can read all of the submitted haiku.
The slight delays in cognitive processing that these haiku cause are valuable.
At first, of course, it wouldn't be a novel so much as a haiku.
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