trochaic dactyl

noun

Definition of trochaic dactyl

1 : a foot in classical prosody having the time value of a trochee but containing two short syllables instead of the usual one
2 : a cyclic dactyl

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“Trochaic dactyl.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trochaic%20dactyl. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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