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elegiac pentameter

noun, Classical Prosody
1.
pentameter (def 2).

pentameter

[pen-tam-i-ter] /pɛnˈtæm ɪ tər/ Prosody
noun
1.
a line of verse consisting of five metrical feet.
2.
Also called elegiac pentameter. Classical Prosody. a verse consisting of two dactyls, one long syllable, two more dactyls, and another long syllable.
3.
unrhymed verse of five iambic feet; heroic verse.
adjective
4.
consisting of five metrical feet.
Origin of pentameter
1540-1550
1540-50; < Latin pentametrus < Greek pentámetros. See penta-, meter2
Related forms
pentametrist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for elegiac-pentameter

pentameter

/pɛnˈtæmɪtə/
noun
1.
a verse line consisting of five metrical feet
2.
(in classical prosody) a verse line consisting of two dactyls, one stressed syllable, two dactyls, and a final stressed syllable
adjective
3.
designating a verse line consisting of five metrical feet
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Word Origin and History for elegiac-pentameter

pentameter

adj.

1540s, from Middle French pentametre, from Latin pentameter, from Greek pentametros (adj.) "having five measures," from pente "five" (see five) + metron "meter" (see meter (n.2)). As a noun from 1580s.

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