terza rima[tert′sə rē′mə]
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 of terza rimaItalian literally , third rhyme ; from Classical Latin tertia, third + French rime: see rhyme
nounpl. ter·ze ri·me
A verse form of Italian origin, written in lines of 10 or 11 syllables, in which the middle line of each tercet rhymes with the first and third lines of the following tercet.
Origin of terza rimaItalian : terza, feminine of terzo, third + rima, rhyme.
From Italian, meaning third rhyme.