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[dek-uh-si-lab-ik] /ˌdɛk ə sɪˈlæb ɪk/
having ten syllables:
a decasyllabic verse.
Origin of decasyllabic
1765-75; deca- + syllabic; compare French décasyllabique
Related forms
nondecasyllabic, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • This is no less true of the decasyllabic verse, when compared with the full sonority of Lycidas, than of the shorter measures.

  • All these poems are written in decasyllabic rhymed verse, with varied arrangement of the rhymes.

  • The two most usual forms are that with octosyllabic and that with decasyllabic lines.

  • The decasyllabic line was an old measure; so was the seven-line stanza, both in Provençal and French.

    Medieval English Literature William Paton Ker
  • The importance of this matter in the history of English decasyllabic verse will appear in Part Two.

    English Verse Raymond MacDonald Alden, Ph.D.
  • This verse appears in two great divisions, rimed (the decasyllabic couplet) and unrimed (blank verse).

    English Verse Raymond MacDonald Alden, Ph.D.
  • decasyllabic Verse: A verse of ten syllables may be formed by the triple repetition of the trisyllable — — /.

    Legends, Tales and Poems Gustavo Adolfo Becquer
  • This is in decasyllabic verse, arranged in stanzas of seven lines each.

  • Nearly all of Chaucer's tales that are in stanzas are early, whilst all that are in decasyllabic couplets are late.

  • In versification Hunts aim was to bring back into use the earlier form of the rhymed English decasyllabic or heroic couplet.

    Keats Sidney Colvin

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