cho·​li·​amb | \ ˈkōlēˌam(b) \
variants: or choliambus \ ˌkōlēˈambəs \
plural choliambs\ -​ˌamz \ or choliambi\ -​ˈamˌbī , -​(ˌ)bē \

Definition of choliamb

: a quantitative iambic trimeter verse of six feet having a spondee or trochee in the last foot

called also scazon

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History and Etymology for choliamb

Late Latin choliambus, from Greek choliambos, from chōlos lame + iambos iamb

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“Choliamb.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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