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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Origin and Etymology of abecedarius
borrowed from Late Latin abecedārius “alphabetical”
First Known Use: 1796See Words from the same year
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