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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: .
Origin of trochee
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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(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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