alcaic

adjective, often capitalized
al·​ca·​ic | \ al-ˈkā-ik How to pronounce alcaic (audio) \

Definition of alcaic

: relating to or written in a verse or strophe marked by complicated variation of a dominant iambic pattern

Other Words from alcaic

alcaic noun, often capitalized

First Known Use of alcaic

1631, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for alcaic

borrowed from Late Latin Alcaicus, borrowed from Greek Alkaïkós "of Alcaeus" (Greek poet of Lesbos, flourished ca. 600 b.c., credited with introducing such a verse form), from Alkaîos + -ikos -ic entry 1

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“Alcaic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/alcaic. Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

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