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A (usually short) poem or other composition in which the final letters of the lines, taken in order, spell a word, phrase, or sentence.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Ben Jonson (?1573–1637), poet and playwright. From ancient Greek τελε-, τέλος end + στίχος row, line of verse, after acrostic.
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