from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A Japanese lyric verse form having three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables, traditionally invoking an aspect of nature or the seasons.
- n. A poem written in this form.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A Japanese poem of a specific form, consisting of three lines, the first and last consisting of five morae, and the second consisting of seven morae, usually with an emphasis on the season or a naturalistic theme.
- n. A three-line poem in any language, with five syllables in the first and last lines and seven syllables in the second, usually with an emphasis on the season or a naturalistic theme.
- n. Plural form of haiku.
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- n. an epigrammatic Japanese verse form of three short lines
Japanese : hai, amusement (from Middle Chinese bəij, pha·j) + ku, sentence (from Middle Chinese kuəh).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Japanese 俳句 (はいく, haiku). (Wiktionary)