Etymology
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terza rima (n.)

1819, Italian, literally "third rhyme." Dante's measure: a-b-a-b-c-b-c-d-c-, etc.

updated on February 14, 2013

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Definitions of terza rima from WordNet

terza rima (n.)
a verse form with a rhyme scheme: aba bcb cdc, etc.;
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