Ottava-rima definition

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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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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
ottava-rima
Plural:
ottave rime

Origin of ottava-rima

  • It: see octave & rhyme

    From Webster's New World College Dictionary, 5th Edition

  • Italian ottava feminine of ottavo eighth rima rhyme

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