hemiolic

adjective
hem·​i·​ol·​ic

Definition of hemiolic

in classical prosody
: of, relating to, or characterized by the proportion of three to two especially : characterized by such a proportion between thesis and arsis a hemiolic foot

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History and Etymology for hemiolic

Latin hemiol ius (from Greek hēmiolios) + English -ic

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“Hemiolic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hemiolic. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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