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[troh-kee] /ˈtroʊ ki/
noun, Prosody
a foot of two syllables, a long followed by a short in quantitative meter, or a stressed followed by an unstressed in accentual meter. Symbol: .
1580-90; < Latin trochaeus < Greek (poùs), trochaîos running (foot), equivalent to troch- (variant stem of tréchein to run) + -aios adj. suffix Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for trochee


(prosody) a metrical foot of two syllables, the first long and the second short (– ◡) Compare iamb
Word Origin
C16: via Latin from Greek trokhaios pous, literally: a running foot, from trekhein to run
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Word Origin and History for trochee

1580s, from French trochée, from Latin trochaeus "a trochee," from Greek trokhaios (pous), literally "a running, spinning (foot)," from trekhein "to run" (see truckle (n.)). As a metrical foot, a long followed by a short syllable, or an accented followed by an unaccented one.

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Encyclopedia Article for trochee

metrical foot consisting of one long syllable (as in classical verse) or stressed syllable (as in English verse) followed by one short or unstressed syllable, as in the word hap|py. Trochaic metres were extensively used in ancient Greek and Latin tragedy and comedy in a form, particularly favoured by Plautus and Terence, called trochaic catalectic tetrameter. Trochaic metres are not easily adapted to English verse. In long poems, such as Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's Song of Hiawatha, their overall effect is monotony. But they have been used with great effect in shorter poems, particularly by William Blake, as in his well-known poem "The Tyger":

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