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Archilochian

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

Definition of Archilochian

  1. 1a :  of or relating to Archilochus b :  trenchant sarcastic bitter

  2. 2 :  marked by use of Archilochians or of Archilochian strophes

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Origin and Etymology of archilochian

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


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Archilochian

noun Ar·chi·lo·chi·an \"\

Definition of Archilochian

plural

-s

  1. :  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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