poulter's measure


poul·​ter's measure ˈpōl-tərz- How to pronounce poulter's measure (audio)
: a meter in which lines of 12 and 14 syllables alternate

Word History


obsolete poulter poulterer, from Middle English pulter; from the former practice of occasionally giving one or two extra when counting eggs by dozens

First Known Use

1575, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of poulter's measure was in 1575

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“Poulter's measure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poulter%27s%20measure. Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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