plural -s
: a hendecasyllabic verse in Greek and Latin prosody that is a glyconic with three additional syllables forming a single bacchius or an iambic dipody catalectic : a logaoedic verse of five feet the first of which is indeterminate, the second a dactyl, and the last three trochees

Word History


Greek phalaikeion phalaecean (from Phalaikos Phalaecus, Greek poet) + English -an

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“Phalaecean.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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