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rhyme royal

noun, Prosody.
a form of verse introduced into English by Chaucer, consisting of seven-line stanzas of iambic pentameter in which there are three rhymes, the first line rhyming with the third, the second with the fourth and fifth, and the sixth with the seventh.
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1835-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • For, first, it stimulated curiosity regarding the use by this poet of the Chaucerian rhyme-royal in three of these long poems.

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rhyme royal

(prosody) a stanzaic form introduced into English verse by Chaucer, consisting of seven lines of iambic pentameter rhyming a b a b b c c
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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