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amphibrach

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noun am·phi·brach \ˈam(p)-fə-ˌbrak\

Definition of amphibrach

  1. :  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·icplay \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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