Bouts-rimes

[rhymed-endings ]. A person writes a line and gives the last word to another person, who writes a second to rhyme with it, and so on. Dean Swift employs the term for a poem, each stanza of which terminates with the same word. He has given a poem of nine verses, each of which ends with Domitilla, to which, of course, he finds nine rhymes. (French.)

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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