amphibrach


am·phi·brach

noun \ˈam(p)-fə-ˌbrak\

Definition of AMPHIBRACH

:  a metrical foot consisting of a long syllable between two short syllables in quantitative verse or of a stressed syllable between two unstressed syllables in accentual verse <romantic is an accentual amphibrach>
am·phi·brach·ic \ˌam(p)-fə-ˈbra-kik\ adjective

Origin of AMPHIBRACH

Latin amphibrachys, from Greek, literally, short at both ends, from amphi- + brachys short — more at brief
First Known Use: 1858

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