rhopalic

adjective
rho·​pal·​ic
variants: or ropalic \ (ˈ)rō¦palik \

Definition of rhopalic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

rhopalic

noun
\ " \
plural -s

Definition of rhopalic (Entry 2 of 2)

: a rhopalic line, verse, or stanza

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History and Etymology for rhopalic

Adjective

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 27 Oct. 2020.

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