ottava rima

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ottava ri·ma

A stanza of verse consisting of eight lines in iambic pentameter rhyming abababcc.

[Italian : ottava, feminine of ottavo, eighth + rima, rhyme.]

ottava rima

(Poetry) prosody a stanza form consisting of eight iambic pentameter lines, rhyming a b a b a b c c
[Italian: eighth rhyme]

otta′va ri′ma

(ˈri mə)

pl. ottava ri•mas.
an Italian stanza of eight lines, each of eleven syllables, the first six lines rhyming alternately and the last two forming a couplet with a different rhyme.
[1810–20; < Italian: octave rhyme]

ottava rima

An eight-line stanza form in iambic pentameter, the rhyme pattern abababcc.
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Noun1.ottava rima - a stanza of eight lines of heroic verse with the rhyme scheme abababcc
stanza - a fixed number of lines of verse forming a unit of a poem
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Antes de que transcurrieran dos meses, un medico de Florencia ya habia publicado un himno de veintiuna estrofas en octava rima dedicado al rinoceronte.
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Included in this work are ninety - two sonnets and eleven Canciones; a long Historia de Leandro y Hero in unrhymed hendecasyllables; two Epistolas, one of which is addressed to Diego Hurtado de Mendoza; and Octava rima, an allegory based on Bembo's Stanze.