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A humorous verse consisting of two rhymed couplets in lines of irregular length, usually about a person whose name serves as one of the rhymes.

[After Edmund Clerihew Bentley (1875-1956), British writer.]


(Poetry) a form of comic or satiric verse, consisting of two couplets of metrically irregular lines, containing the name of a well-known person
[C20: named after Edmund Clerihew Bentley, who invented it]


(ˈklɛr əˌhyu)

a verse form in two couplets, usu. lampooning a person named in the first line.
[1925–30; after E. Clerihew Bentley (1875–1956), English writer, its inventor]
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Noun1.clerihew - a witty satiric verse containing two rhymed couplets and mentioning a famous person; "`The president is George W. Bush, Who is happy to sit on his tush, While sending his armies to fight, For anything he thinks is right' is a clerihew"
rhyme, verse - a piece of poetry


nClerihew nt, → witziger Vierzeiler
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Research on reading comprehension has demonstrated that pictures help to increase comprehension (Townsend & Clarihew, 1989); help the reader build mental models of the relationships described in the text (Glenberg & Langston, 1992); and enable readers to extract and retain information that they do not ordinarily encode well enough to recall (Waddill & McDaniel, 1992).
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