bac·​chi·​us | \ bəˈkīəs, ba- \
plural bacchii\ -​īˌī \

Definition of bacchius

1 in accentual prosody : a metrical foot of three syllables, the first unstressed, the other two having either primary or intermediate stress
2 in classical prosody : a foot of three syllables, the first short, the other two long

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First Known Use of bacchius

1586, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bacchius

Latin, from Greek Bakcheios, from Bakcheios, adjective, of Bacchus, from Bakchos Bacchus

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“Bacchius.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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