Haiku meaning

hīko͝o
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A Japanese verse form, rendered in English as three unrhymed lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables respectively (total 17 syllables), often on some subject in nature.
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The definition of a haiku is a Japanese verse poem of unrhymed lines which are written in a structure of 5 syllables for first line, 7 syllables for second line, then 5 syllables for third line.

An example of a haiku is a short poem about nature.

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A poem written in this form.
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A three-line poem in any language, with five syllables in the first and last lines and seven syllables in the second, usually with an emphasis on the season or a naturalistic theme.

Haiku, a poem.

Five beats, then seven, then five.

Ends as it began.

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Plural form of haiku.
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A poem in this form.
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A Japanese poem of a specific form, consisting of three lines, the first and last consisting of five morae, and the second consisting of seven morae, usually with an emphasis on the season or a naturalistic theme.
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Origin of haiku

  • Japanese hai amusement (from Middle Chinese pfiaːj) ku phrase (from Middle Chinese kyə̆` sentence) (also the source of Mandarin )

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Japanese 俳句 (はいく haiku), from Middle Chinese 俳 (bɛj "paralleled [writing]") + 句 (kjù "line").

    From Wiktionary