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Topic: LITERATURE

Date: 1100-1200
Language: Old French
Origin: rime, probably from Latin rhythmus; RHYTHM

rhyme

1 noun
     
rhyme1
1 [countable]AL a short poem or song, especially for children, using words that rhyme:
a collection of traditional rhymes with illustrations
nursery rhyme
2 [countable]AL a word that rhymes with another word
rhyme for
Can you think of a rhyme for 'bicycle'?
3 [uncountable]AL words or lines of poetry that rhyme:
I love his use of rhyme and rhythm.
in rhyme
The whole story is written in rhyme.
4

no rhyme or reason

no sensible reason or organization:
There seems to be no rhyme or reason for the school's behaviour.
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