ottava rima

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n ottava rima a stanza of eight lines of heroic verse with the rhyme scheme abababcc
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Ottava rima (Pros) A stanza of eight lines of heroic verse, with three rhymes, the first six lines rhyming alternately and the last two forming a couplet. It was used by Byron in “Don Juan,” by Keats in “Isabella,” by Shelley in “The Witch of Atlas,” etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Ottava rima an Italian form of versification consisting of eight lines, the first six rhyming alternately, the last two forming a couplet—used by Byron in Don Juan
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
It. See Octave, and Rhyme
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
It.