poulter's measure

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noun poul·ter's measure \ˈpōl-tərz-\

Definition of poulter's measure

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

Origin and Etymology of 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


First Known Use: 1575


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