|1.||a Spanish dance in a fast triple rhythm|
|2.||a piece of music composed for or in the rhythm of this dance|
|3.||prosody a stanzaic form consisting of four to seven lines and marked by a characteristic rhythm|
|[Spanish: a little dance, from seguida a dance, from seguir to follow, from Latin sequī]|
Spanish folk dance with many regional variants; also, a verse form widely used in Spanish folk song. The dance is a courtship dance of proud demeanour, with small springing steps, light foot stamps, and varied ground patterns. The song consists of coplas-improvised verses of love or satire-in quatrains with the syllabic pattern 7-5-7-5 and assonantal rhyme on the second and fourth lines. A copla is frequently followed by an estribillo, a tercet with the syllabic pattern 5-7-5, rhyming assonantally on the first and third lines
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