Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A verse form composed of quatrains in which the second and fourth lines are repeated as the first and third lines of the following quatrain.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A poem, similar to a villanelle, that comprises a series of quatrains, the second and fourth lines of each stanza repeated as the first and third lines of the next.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See pantun.

Etymologies

French, from Malay pantun, verse composed using metonymy.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Malay pantun, via French. (Wiktionary)

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  • sorry, thtownse? why? which Rush? Limbaugh? God no. I don't even live in the States.

    December 7, 2007

  • Are we a Rush fan by any chance???

    December 7, 2007

  • Also spelled (from the original Malay, it seems), pantun. "A verse form adopted into English and French consisting of quotations with an abab rhyme scheme, linked by repeated lines." (From the OAD.) Baudelaire was one of its practitioners. Thanks, bilby!

    December 7, 2007