Ottava-rima meaning

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A stanza of verse consisting of eight lines in iambic pentameter rhyming abababcc.
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A stanza of eight lines with the rhyme scheme abababcc: the Italian form has eleven syllables in a line, the English, usually ten syllables in iambic-pentameter.
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Origin of ottava-rima

Italian ottava feminine of ottavo eighth rima rhyme