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ottava rima


Noun Phrase
ot=ta=va ri=ma


ottava rima,  [It. See Octave, and Rhyme.].
     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.  [Webster 1913 Suppl.]


ottava rima, n. a stanza of eight lines of 10 or 11 syllables, rhyming abababcc.

It., lit. eighth rhyme

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