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In Spanish poetry: a stanza of rhyming verse; specifically (in early use) = "rondeau"; (in later use) a stanza of four trochaic lines of six or eight syllables, in which the first line rhymes with the fourth, and the second with the third.
Early 18th century. From Spanish redondilla from redondo round + -illa, after French rondeau or one of its cognates.
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