[haw-koo, hok-oo]
noun, plural hokku. Prosody.
the opening verse of a linked verse series.

1895–1900; < Japanese, equivalent to hok opening, first + ku stanza; earlier fot-ku < Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese depart + phrase

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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
[from Japanese, from hai amusement + ku verse]

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hokku (ˈhɒkuː)
n , pl -ku
prosody another word for haiku
[from Japanese, from hok beginning + ku hemistich]

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