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rhopalic

adjective rho·pal·ic \(ˈ)rō¦palik\
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ropalic

\(ˈ)rō¦palik\

Definition of rhopalic

  1. :  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)

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Origin and Etymology of rhopalic

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

noun rho·pal·ic \"\

Definition of rhopalic

plural

-s

  1. :  a rhopalic line, verse, or stanza

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