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tetrameter

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noun te·tram·e·ter \te-ˈtra-mə-tər\

Definition of tetrameter

  1. :  a line of verse consisting either of four dipodies (as in classical iambic, trochaic, and anapestic verse) or four metrical feet (as in modern English verse)



Origin of tetrameter

Greek tetrametron, from neuter of tetrametros having four measures, from tetra- + metron measure — more at measure


First Known Use: 1612


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