plural -es
: 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)

Word History


borrowed from Late Latin abecedārius "alphabetical"

First Known Use

1796, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of abecedarius was in 1796

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“Abecedarius.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abecedarius. Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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