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n. pl. sen·ryu also sen·ryus
a. A Japanese lyric verse form having three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five morae and typically treating the theme of human foibles with an ironic or satirical tone.
b. A verse form in another language modeled on the Japanese senryu, typically counting syllables instead of morae.
2. A poem written in such a form.
[After Senryū, pen name of Karai Hachiemon (1718-1790), Japanese poet and critic who popularized the form (literally meaning river willow : Japanese sen, river + ryū, willow).]
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a form of Japanese short poem similar to a haiku, but traditionally on the theme of human nature
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