syllaba anceps


syl·​la·​ba an·​ceps
: a syllable occurring at the end of a sentence or verse in a metrical scheme whose short or long quantity is obscured by the terminal pause
specifically : such a syllable occurring in the rhythms of ancient verse wherever there is a diaeresis or serving as a terminal demarcation at the end of a verse or between asynartetic cola

Word History


Latin, literally, doubtful syllable

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“Syllaba anceps.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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