Terza-rima

terza rima

[tert-suh ree-muh; Italian ter-tsah ree-mah]
noun Prosody.
an Italian form of iambic verse consisting of eleven-syllable lines arranged in tercets, the middle line of each tercet rhyming with the first and last lines of the following tercet.

Origin:
1810–20; < Italian: third rhyme

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terza rima (ˈtɛətsə ˈriːmə)
 
n , pl terze rime
a verse form of Italian origin consisting of a series of tercets in which the middle line of one tercet rhymes with the first and third lines of the next
 
[C19: from Italian, literally: third rhyme]

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terza rima
1819, from It., lit. "third rhyme," Dante's measure, a-b-a-b-c-b-c-d-c-, etc.
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