amphibrach

amphibrach

[am-fuh-brak]
noun Prosody.
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:
1580–90; < Latin amphibrachus < Greek amphíbrachys short before and after (amphi- amphi- + brachýs short); cf. amphimacer

amphibrachic, adjective
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amphibrach (ˈæmfɪˌbræk)
 
n
prosody Compare cretic a metrical foot consisting of a long syllable between two short syllables (–⏑)
 
[C16: from Latin, from Greek amphibrakhus, literally: both ends being short, from amphi- + brakhus short]
 
amphi'brachic
 
adj

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amphibrach
1580s, from L. amphibrachus, from Gk. amphibrakhys "short at both ends," from amphi- "on both sides" + brakhys "short" (see brief (adj.)). A foot consisting of a long between two short syllables.
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