elegiac-pentameter

elegiac pentameter

noun Classical Prosody.
pentameter ( def 2 ).
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pentameter

[pen-tam-i-ter] 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:
1540–50; < Latin pentametrus < Greek pentámetros. See penta-, meter2

pentametrist, noun
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pentameter (pɛnˈtæmɪtə)
 
n
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
 
adj
3.  designating a verse line consisting of five metrical feet

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pentameter
1546, from M.Fr. pentametre, from L. pentameter, from Gk. pentametros (adj.) "having five measures," from pente "five" + metron "meter" (see meter (2)).
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