One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A piece of Irish verse; a stanza, a quatrain.
Late 18th century; earliest use found in Sylvester O'Halloran (1728–1807), surgeon and antiquary. From Irish rann (Early Irish rann), of uncertain origin; perhaps originally a specifically use of Early Irish rann part, partition (although this has a different gender), cognate with Welsh rhan and perhaps ultimately from the same Indo-European base as classical Latin pars.
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