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ottava rima Syllabification: ot·ta·va ri·ma
Pronunciation: /ōˌtävə ˈrēmə/

Definition of ottava rima in English:


A form of poetry consisting of stanzas of eight lines of ten or eleven syllables, rhyming abababcc.
Example sentences
  • In the fifth assignment we finally stared metre directly in the face: the assignment was to write a sonnet, terza rima or ottava rima, in iambic pentameter.
  • Shelley composed this playful work of 78 stanzas in ottava rima within the space of three days.
  • The portrait also contains sheets of simulated verse to emphasize that he specialized in terza rima and ottava rima.


Late 18th century: from Italian, literally 'eighth rhyme'.

Words that rhyme with ottava rima

beamer, blasphemer, Colima, creamer, dreamer, emphysema, femur, Iwo Jima, Kagoshima, lemur, Lima, oedema (US edema), Pima, reamer, redeemer, schema, schemer, screamer, seamer, Selima, steamer, streamer, terza rima, Tsushima
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