plural choriambuses
or choriambi
: a foot of four syllables in classical prosody in which the cadence of the trochee is followed by that of the iambus ( – ˘ ˘ – ) the corresponding pattern of cadence in accentual prosody (ó o o ó) consisting of the combination of trochee and iambus in succession

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“Choriambus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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