limerick

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From the Irish town name Limerick, Irish Luimneach [ˈl̪ˠɪmʲənʲəx].

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limerick (plural limericks)

  1. A humorous, often bawdy verse of five anapaestic lines, with the rhyme scheme aabba, and typically has a 9–9–6–6–9 cadence.
    • Description of the limerick in limerick form:
      The limerick, it would appear,
      Is a verse form we owe Edward Lear;
      Two long and two short
      Lines rhymed, as was taught,
      And a fifth just to bring up the rear.

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