hex·​am·​e·​ter | \hek-ˈsa-mə-tər \

Definition of hexameter 

: a line of verse consisting of six metrical feet

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More specifically, a grammatically- and rhythmically-correct line of dactylic hexameter, the kind used by Virgil and Ovid. Leah Henrickson, Slate Magazine, "Behold the Amazing Poetry-Generating Machine!," 29 Aug. 2017 Sarah Ruden took upon herself the Herculean task of translating Virgil line-by-line, in iambic pentameter, the normative rhythm of English verse, as dactylic hexameter is of ancient epic. Willard Spiegelman, WSJ, "Of Arms and the Man," 22 Sep. 2017 With one, epic style — stage behavior was often tender, intimate — was established primarily by musical meter, as grand, propulsive and firm as the hexameters of Homer. Alastair Macaulay, New York Times, "Dance This Fall: Indian Mythology and Ballets by Women," 15 Sep. 2016

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First Known Use of hexameter

1546, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hexameter

Latin, from Greek hexametron, from neuter of hexametros having six measures, from hexa- + metron measure — more at measure

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The first known use of hexameter was in 1546

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