Rime (Rhyme)
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The English word rhyme, referring to the correspondence of sound between the endings of two or more words or metrical lines in poems and songs, ultimately derives from Greek rhythmos ῥυθμός via Classical Latin rhythmus ~ rhithmus and Old French rime ~ ryme. The early English spelling rime was replaced by rhyme and rhime after 1600 (CODEE:404); these “etymological” spelling changes were adopted to more faithfully reflect the original Greek source. Rhime was more common until the late 18th century, and rhyme ultimately became established as the prevailing literary form in the …

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Jian LI, “Rime (Rhyme)”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 24 April 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_00000363>
First published online: 2015



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