tercet

tercet

[tur-sit, tur-set]
noun
1.
Prosody. a group of three lines rhyming together or connected by rhyme with the adjacent group or groups of three lines.
2.
Music. triplet ( def 5 ).

Origin:
1590–1600; < French < Italian terzetto, diminutive of terzo third < Latin tertius. See -et

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tercet (ˈtɜːsɪt, tɜːˈsɛt)
 
n
a group of three lines of verse that rhyme together or are connected by rhyme with adjacent groups of three lines
 
[C16: from French, from Italian terzetto, diminutive of terzo third, from Latin tertius]

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tercet
"three successive lines rhyming together," 1598, from It. terzetto, dim. of terzo "third," from L. tertius (see third). Spelling influenced by Fr. tercet, from the It.
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tercet

a unit or group of three lines of verse, usually containing rhyme, as in William Shakespeare's "The Phoenix and the Turtle": Death is now the phoenix' nest; And the turtle's loyal breastTo eternity doth rest,

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