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

Definition of Archilochian

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : of or relating to Archilochus
2 : marked by use of Archilochians or of Archilochian strophes


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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


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

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“Archilochian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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