virelay

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

Virelay \Vir"e*lay\, noun [F. virelai; virer to turn + lai a song, a lay.] An ancient French song, or short poem, wholly in two rhymes, and composed in short lines, with a refrain.

Of such matter made he many lays, Songs, complains, roundels, virelayes. --Chaucer.

To which a lady sung a virelay. --Dryden.

Note: "The virelay admitted only two rhymes, and, after employing one for some time, the poet was virer, or to turn, to the other." --Nares.


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