catalectic

catalectic

[kat-l-ek-tik] Prosody.
adjective
1.
(of a line of verse) lacking part of the last foot; metrically incomplete, as the second line of One more unfortunate,/Weary of breath.
noun
2.
a catalectic line of verse.


Origin:
1580–90; < Late Latin catalēcticus < Greek katalēktikós incomplete, equivalent to katalēk-, variant stem of katalḗgein to leave off (kata- cata- + lḗgein to end) + -tikos -tic

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catalectic (ˌkætəˈlɛktɪk)
 
adj
prosody (of a line of verse) having an incomplete final foot
 
[C16: via Late Latin from Greek katalēktikos incomplete, from katalēgein, from kata- off + lēgein to stop]

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