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


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

Word History



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


Greek prokeleusmatikos

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“Proceleusmatic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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