iambs

iamb

[ahy-am, ahy-amb]
noun Prosody.
a foot of two syllables, a short followed by a long in quantitative meter, or an unstressed followed by a stressed in accentual meter, as in Come live / with me / and be / my love.

Origin:
1835–45; short for iambus

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iamb or iambus (ˈaɪæm, ˈaɪæmb, aɪˈæmbəs)
 
n , pl iambs, iambi, iambuses
1.  a metrical foot consisting of two syllables, a short one followed by a long one (⏓)
2.  a line of verse of such feet
 
[C19 iamb, from C16 iambus, from Latin, from Greek iambos]
 
iambus or iambus (ˈaɪæm, ˈaɪæmb, aɪˈæmbəs, aɪˈæmbaɪ)
 
n
 
[C19 iamb, from C16 iambus, from Latin, from Greek iambos]

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