syllaba anceps

syl·​la·​ba an·​ceps | \ ˌsiləbəˈäŋˌkeps, -aŋˌke-, -anˌse- \

Definition of syllaba anceps

: 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

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History and Etymology for syllaba anceps

Latin, literally, doubtful syllable

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“Syllaba anceps.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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