se·gui·dil·la (sĕg′ə-dēyə, -dēlyə, sā′gə-, sĕ′gē-thēlyä)
1. A Spanish stanza form of four or seven lines.
a. A lively Spanish dance in triple meter.
b. The music for this dance.
[Spanish, diminutive of seguida, sequence, from feminine past participle of seguir, to follow, from Vulgar Latin *sequere, from Latin sequī; see sekw-1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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