catalexis

catalexis

[kat-l-ek-sis]
noun, plural catalexes [kat-lek-seez] . Prosody.
the absence of a syllable at the beginning or end of a line of metrical verse resulting in an incomplete foot, most often occurring in the last foot at the end of a verse; a catalectic line.

Origin:
1820–30; < Greek katálēxis ending, final syllable; see catalectic, -sis

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catalexis

in prosody, an omission or incompleteness in the last foot of a line or other unit in metrical verse and, conversely, the metrical completeness of such a unit

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