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bacchius

[buh-kahy-uh s, ba-] /bəˈkaɪ əs, bæ-/
noun, plural bacchii
[buh-kahy-ahy, ba-] /bəˈkaɪ aɪ, bæ-/ (Show IPA).
Prosody
1.
a foot of three syllables that in quantitative meter consists of one short syllable followed by two long ones, and that in accentual meter consists of one unstressed syllable followed by two stressed ones.
Compare antibacchius.
Origin of bacchius
1580-1590
1580-90; < Latin < Greek Bakkheîos (poús) (foot) of Bacchus
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  • He scans it as a 'bacchius', consisting of four feet, with the measurement , the last syllable of saeclo seeming to be shortened.

    Cato Maior de Senectute Marcus Tullius Cicero
British Dictionary definitions for bacchius

bacchius

/bæˈkaɪəs/
noun (pl) -chii (-ˈkaɪaɪ)
1.
(prosody) a metrical foot of one short syllable followed by two long ones (◡ – –) Compare dactyl
Word Origin
C16: from Latin, from Greek Bakkheios (pous) a Bacchic (foot)
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