lais

lai

[ley]
noun
1.
(in medieval French literature)
2.
a narrative poem written in octosyllabic couplets and dealing with tales of adventure and romance.
3.
a lyric poem, often a love poem, having great metrical variety and designed to be sung to a popular melody.

Origin:
1200–50; Middle English < Old French. See lay4

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