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amphibrach

[am-fuh-brak] /ˈæm fəˌbræk/
noun, Prosody
1.
a trisyllabic foot, the arrangement of the syllables of which is short, long, short in quantitative meter, or unstressed, stressed, unstressed in accentual meter. Thus, together is an accentual amphibrach.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; < Latin amphibrachus < Greek amphíbrachys short before and after (amphi- amphi- + brachýs short); cf. amphimacer
Related forms
amphibrachic, adjective
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amphibrach

/ˈæmfɪˌbræk/
noun
1.
(prosody) a metrical foot consisting of a long syllable between two short syllables (◡ – ◡) Compare cretic
Derived Forms
amphibrachic, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin, from Greek amphibrakhus, literally: both ends being short, from amphi- + brakhus short
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Word Origin and History for amphibrach
n.

1580s, from Latin amphibrachus, from Greek amphibrakhys, a foot consisting of a long syllable between two short, literally "short at both ends," from amphi- "on both sides" (see amphi-) + brakhys "short" (see brief (adj.)).

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