catalectic

adjective
cat·​a·​lec·​tic | \ ˌka-tə-ˈlek-tik How to pronounce catalectic (audio) \

Definition of catalectic

: lacking a syllable at the end of a line in metrical verse or ending in an incomplete foot

Other Words from catalectic

catalectic noun

First Known Use of catalectic

1589, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for catalectic

Late Latin catalecticus, from Greek katalēktikos, from katalēgein to leave off, from kata- + lēgein to stop — more at slack

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“Catalectic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/catalectic. Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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