leonine verse

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A kind of Latin verse much used in the Middle Ages, consisting of hexameters, or alternate hexameters and pentameters, in which the last word rhymes with that preceding the caesura; for instance:His replicans clare tres causas explico quareMore Leonino dicere metra sino.The term is applied to English verse of which the middle and last syllables rhyme.

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