Definition of choriambus
: 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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