poulter's measure


poul·ter's measure

noun \ˈpōl-tərz-\

Definition of POULTER'S MEASURE

:  a meter in which lines of 12 and 14 syllables alternate

Origin of POULTER'S MEASURE

obsolete poulter poulterer, from Middle English pulter; from the former practice of occasionally giving one or two extra when counting eggs by dozens
First Known Use: 1576

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