poulter's measure

poul·​ter's measure | \ ˈpōl-tərz- How to pronounce poulter's measure (audio) \

Definition of poulter's measure

: a meter in which lines of 12 and 14 syllables alternate

First Known Use of poulter's measure

1575, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for poulter's measure

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

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“Poulter's measure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poulter%27s%20measure. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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