Archilochian

adjective
Ar·​chi·​lo·​chi·​an | \¦ärkə̇¦lōkēən\

Definition of Archilochian 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : of or relating to Archilochus

b : trenchant, sarcastic, bitter

2 : marked by use of Archilochians or of Archilochian strophes

Archilochian

noun
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plural -s

Definition of Archilochian (Entry 2 of 2)

: a verse form ascribed to Archilochus: such as

a : a line composed of a dactylic tetrapody followed by a trochaic tripody

called also greater Archilochian

b : a dactylic tripody catalectic sometimes called also lesser Archilochian

c : a dactylic tetrapody with spondee or trochee as the fourth foot

d : a dicolon composed of a complete prosodiac followed by an ithyphallic

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History and Etymology for Archilochian

Adjective

Archilochus, 7th century b.c. Greek poet (from Latin, from Greek Archilochos) + English -ian

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