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[hahy-koo] /ˈhaɪ ku/
noun, plural haiku for 2.
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.
a poem written in this form.
Origin of haiku
1895-1900; < Japanese, equivalent to hai(kai) haikai + ku stanza; see hokku Unabridged
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  • 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.
  • Giving a restaurant a single name is intended to brand it: part mantra and part haiku.
  • Not only has the studio whittled these movies down to haiku, but it's also a haiku with only two lines.
  • The inaugural concert program has become a ritual, almost as codified as haiku.
  • Lockwood, who once told a reporter that she was ten years old when she wrote her first haiku, is a natural-born tweeter.
  • Edge has put together a set of the haiku master is embedded silently within the haiku.
  • If you are between a couplet and haiku, you can send unlimited entries.
British Dictionary definitions for haiku


noun (pl) -ku
an epigrammatic Japanese verse form in 17 syllables
Word Origin
from Japanese, from hai amusement + ku verse
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Word Origin and History for 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. "Traditionally, there is mention of a season of the year somewhere in a haiku, as a means of establishing the poem's tone, though this may be only the slightest suggestion." [Miller Williams, "Patterns of Poetry," Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University, 1986].

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haiku in Culture
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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