proceleusmatic

noun
pro·​ce·​leus·​mat·​ic | \ ˌprōsə̇ˌlüzˈmatik, -üˈsm- \
plural -s

Definition of proceleusmatic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a metrical foot used especially in ancient quantitative verse and consisting of four short syllables

proceleusmatic

adjective

Definition of proceleusmatic (Entry 2 of 2)

: of, relating to, or marked by the use of proceleusmatics

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History and Etymology for proceleusmatic

Noun

Late Latin proceleusmaticus, from Greek prokeleusmatikos, adjective & noun, from (assumed) prokeleusmat-, prokeleusma incitement (from prokeleuein to urge on, give orders to, from pro- pro- entry 1 + keleuein to urge, drive on, command) + -ikos -ic; probably from the use of proceleusmatics in ancient Greek rowing songs; akin to Greek kellein to beach a ship

Adjective

Greek prokeleusmatikos

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“Proceleusmatic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/proceleusmatic. Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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