Alcaic

Alcaic

[al-key-ik]
adjective
1.
pertaining to Alcaeus or to certain meters or a form of strophe or stanza used by, or named after, him.
noun
2.
Alcaics, Alcaic verses or strophes.

Origin:
1620–30; < Late Latin Alcaicus < Greek Alkaïkós, equivalent to Alka(îos) Alcaeus + -ikos -ic

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Alcaic (ælˈkeɪɪk)
 
adj
1.  of or relating to a metre used by the 7th-century bc Greek lyric poet Alcaeus, consisting of a strophe of four lines each with four feet
 
n
2.  (usually plural) verse written in the Alcaic form
 
[C17: from Late Latin Alcaicus of Alcaeus]

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alcaic

classical Greek poetic stanza composed of four lines of varied metrical feet, with five long syllables in the first two lines, four in the third and fourth lines, and an unaccented syllable at the beginning of the first three lines (anacrusis).

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