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This week's theme: words related to the number 13 to mark the thirteenth anniversary of Wordsmith.org.
rondeau (RON-do) noun
A poem of 13 lines with two rhymes and the opening words used as a refrain in two places.
[From Old French rondeau (little circle), from rondel, diminutive of rond (round). Ultimately from the Indo-European root ret- (to run or to roll) that is also the source of rodeo, rotunda, rotate, and roulette.]
Various forms of rondeaux may have 10 or 15 lines.
-Anu Garg (garg wordsmith.org)
"If you are new to French forms, you might want to compose a rondeau or two before attempting the redouble." Michael J Bugeja; The Fixed Is In; Writer's Digest (Cincinnati, Ohio); Mar 1998.
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