adjective hem·i·ol·ic

Definition of hemiolic

in classical prosody

  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of hemiolic

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

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