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from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A four-line stanza.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A stanza, epigram, or poem, consisting of four verses or lines.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A group of four lines; a period, system, stanza, or poem consisting of four lines or four verses; a quartet. Compare quatrain.

Etymologies

From Latin tetrastichon, from neuter of Ancient Greek τετράστιχον ("having four rows"), from τετρα- ("tetra-") + στίχος ("row"). (Wiktionary)

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