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haiku (HY-koo) noun

A form of Japanese verse having three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables respectively, involving allusions and references to nature or seasons. Also, a poem written in this form.

[From Japanese haikai no ku (comic verse).]

"Takiguchi is more lyrical: `Poetry is bottled wine, Haiku is bottled poetry'."
City Diary: Take a Haiku; The Daily Telegraph (London, UK); Oct 10, 1998.

"Tacoma Water received 333 entries from Tacoma fifth- and seventh-grade students in a contest to write haikus about water. The first-prize winner in the fifth grade was Miranda Foster of DeLong Elementary School with this haiku: `Evaporation/ Condensation's next in line/Precipitation.' First place in the seventh grade went to Lauren Anderson of Mason Middle School with this haiku: `Clean and beautiful/Look at our precious water/ Remember, conserve!'"
Tacoma Water Honors Haiku Efforts By 5th-, 7th-Graders; The News Tribune (Tacoma, Washington); Jun 19, 2002.

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