abecedarius

noun
abe·​ce·​dar·​i·​us | \ -rēəs \
plural -es

Definition of abecedarius

: a poem in which the lines or stanzas begin with the letters of the alphabet in regular order (such as the 119th Psalm in Hebrew or Chaucer's A B C)

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First Known Use of abecedarius

1796, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for abecedarius

borrowed from Late Latin abecedārius “alphabetical”

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“Abecedarius.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abecedarius. Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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