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 amphibrach (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of amphibrach

1765, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for amphibrach

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

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“Amphibrach.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/amphibrach. Accessed 25 Jul. 2021.

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