amphibrach

noun
am·​phi·​brach | \ ˈam(p)-fə-ˌbrak How to pronounce amphibrach (audio) \

Definition of amphibrach

: 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

Other Words from amphibrach

amphibrachic \ ˌam(p)-​fə-​ˈbra-​kik How to pronounce amphibrachic (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of amphibrach

1765, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for amphibrach

Latin amphibrachys, from Greek, literally, short at both ends, from amphi- + brachys short — more at brief

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“Amphibrach.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/amphibrach. Accessed 9 Aug. 2020.

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