Etymology
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tercet (n.)

"three successive lines rhyming together," 1590s, from Italian terzetto, diminutive of terzo "third," from Latin tertius (see third). Spelling influenced by French tercet, from the Italian.

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Definitions of tercet

tercet (n.)
the cardinal number that is the sum of one and one and one;
Synonyms: three / " / iii / trio / threesome / tierce / leash / troika / triad / trine / trinity / ternary / ternion / triplet / terzetto / trey / deuce-ace
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