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spondee

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noun spon·dee \ˈspän-ˌdē\

Definition of spondee

  1. :  a metrical foot consisting of two long or stressed syllables

spon·da·ic play \spän-ˈdā-ik\ adjective or noun


Origin of spondee

Middle English sponde, from Middle French or Latin; Middle French spondee, from Latin spondeum, from Greek spondeios, from spondeios of a libation, from spondē libation, from spendein to make a libation; from its use in music accompanying libations — more at spouse


First Known Use: 14th century


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