octameter

noun

oc·​tam·​e·​ter äk-ˈta-mə-tər How to pronounce octameter (audio)
: a line of verse consisting of eight metrical feet

Word History

Etymology

Late Latin, having eight feet, from Late Greek oktametros, from okta- + metron measure — more at measure

First Known Use

1889, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of octameter was in 1889

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Cite this Entry

“Octameter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/octameter. Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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