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: of or relating to Hipponax or to the verse forms ascribed to him
specifically : choliambic


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plural -s
: a Hipponactean verse
specifically : a hypercatalectic form of glyconic

Word History



Latin Hipponacteus of Hipponax (from Hipponact-, Hipponax, 6th century b.c. Greek poet reputed to have invented the choliamb, from Greek Hippōnakt-, Hippōnax) + English -an

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“Hipponactean.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Hipponactean. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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