Definition of hokku in English:

hokku

Syllabification: hok·ku
Pronunciation: /ˈhôˌko͞o, ˈhä-
 
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noun (plural same)

  • another term for haiku.
    More example sentences
    • Haiku written before 1892 are more correctly known as hokku, the beginning verse of hakkai poetry.
    • It was only in the 19th century that the hokku became haiku and was stripped of its connection to the renga.
    • He took this opening verse, the hokku, and refined it to become what is now known as the haiku.

Origin

late 19th century: Japanese, literally 'opening verse' (of a linked sequence of comic verses).

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