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[pi-trahr-kuh n] /pɪˈtrɑr kən/

adjective, Also, Petrarchian
[pi-trahr-kee-uh n] /pɪˈtrɑr ki ən/ (Show IPA)
of, relating to, or characteristic of the works of .
characteristic or imitative of the style of .

1827 (Keats uses Petrarchal, 1818), from Francesco Petrarch (Italian Petrarca) the poet (1304-1374).


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