am·​phi·​brach ˈam(p)-fə-ˌbrak How to pronounce amphibrach (audio)
: a metrical foot consisting of a long syllable between two short syllables in quantitative verse or of a stressed syllable between two unstressed syllables in accentual verse
romantic is an accentual amphibrach
amphibrachic adjective

Word History


borrowed from Latin amphibrachys, borrowed from Greek amphíbrachys, from amphíbrachys, adjective, "short at both ends," from amphi- amphi- + brachýs "short" — more at brief entry 1

First Known Use

1765, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of amphibrach was in 1765

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Cite this Entry

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

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