decasyllabic

adjective

deca·​syl·​lab·​ic ˌde-kə-sə-ˈla-bik How to pronounce decasyllabic (audio)
: consisting of 10 syllables or composed of verses of 10 syllables
decasyllabic noun
decasyllable
ˈde-kə-ˌsi-lə-bəl How to pronounce decasyllabic (audio)
ˌde-kə-ˈsi-
noun

Word History

Etymology

probably from French décasyllabique, from Greek dekasyllabos, from deka- deca- + syllabē syllable

First Known Use

1771, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of decasyllabic was in 1771

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Cite this Entry

“Decasyllabic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/decasyllabic. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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