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plural -s
: a galliambic verse or meter


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in classical prosody
: consisting of two iambic dimeters catalectic of which the last lacks the final syllable : consisting of four Ionic a minore feet varied by resolution or contraction

Word History



Latin galliambus, a song of the priests of Cybele, ancient nature goddess of Anatolia (from Gallus, eunuch priest of Cybele—from Greek Gallos — + Latin iambus) + English -ic

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“Galliambic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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