terza rima[tert′sə rē′mə]
terza rima definition by Webster's New World
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a verse form of Italian origin, made up of tercets, the second line of each tercet rhyming with the first and third lines of the next one (aba, bcb, cdc, etc.)
Origin: Italian literally , third rhyme ; from Classical Latin tertia, third plush French rime: see rhyme
terza rima definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. ter·ze ri·me
A verse form of Italian origin consisting of tercets of 10 or 11 syllables with the middle line rhyming with the first and third lines of the following tercet.
Origin: Italian : terza, feminine of terzo, third + rima, rhyme.