ghaz·al (gə-zäl, -zŭl)
1. A poetic form of Persian origin, consisting of five or more syntactically complete couplets linked by rhyme and the repetition of a closing word or phrase.
2. A poem in this form.
[Persian and Urdu ġazal (Urdu, from Persian), from Arabic, amatory poetry, from ġazila, to court, praise with amatory poetry; see ġzl in the Appendix of Semitic roots.]
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