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sloka

[sloh-kuh] /ˈsloʊ kə/
noun
1.
a couplet or distich of Sanskrit verse, especially one with each line containing 16 syllables.
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chief verse form of the Sanskrit epics. A fluid metre that lends itself well to improvisation, the sloka consists of two verse lines (a distich) of 16 syllables each or four half lines (hemistichs) of 8 syllables each.

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