limerick

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Limerick \Lim"er*ick\ (l[i^]m"[~e]r*[i^]k), noun [Said to be from a song with the same verse construction, current in Ireland, the refrain of which contains the place name Limerick.] A humorous, often nonsensical, and sometimes risq['e] poem of five anapestic lines, of which lines 1, 2, and 5 are of three feet, and rhyme, and lines 3 and 4 are of two feet, and rhyme.

Note: It often begins with "There once was a . . ." or "There was a . . ."; as

There was a young lady, Amanda, Whose Ballades Lyriques were quite fin de Si['e]cle, I deem But her Journal Intime Was what sent her papa to Uganda. [Webster 1913 Suppl. +PJC]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

Limerick

noun

1: port city in southwestern Ireland

2: a humorous verse form of 5 anapestic lines with a rhyme scheme aabba

1. Caduceus  2. Golden Key  3. Scales of Justice (Or maybe, 1. HEALTH 2. SECURITY 3. JUSTICE?)

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