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Meaning of terza rima

ter•za ri•ma

Pronunciation: (tert'su rē'muIt.ter'tsä rē'mä), [key]
— Pros. Pros.
  1. an Italian form of iambic verse consisting of eleven-syllable lines arranged in tercets, the middle line of each tercet rhyming with the first and last lines of the following tercet.
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