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variants or ropalic
: having each succeeding unit in a prosodic series larger or longer than the preceding one:
: having each successive word in a line or verse longer by one syllable than its predecessor
: having successive lines of a stanza increasing in length by the addition of one element (as a syllable or metrical foot)


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plural -s
: a rhopalic line, verse, or stanza

Word History



Late Latin rhopalicus, from Greek, rhopalikos rhopalic, like a club (i.e., thicker toward the end), from rhopalon club + -ikos -ic; perhaps akin to Greek rhabdos rod

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“Rhopalic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rhopalic. Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

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