trochee

noun tro·chee \ ˈtrō-(ˌ)kē \

Definition of trochee

: a metrical foot consisting of one long syllable followed by one short syllable or of one stressed syllable followed by one unstressed syllable (as in apple)

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Origin and Etymology of trochee

probably from Middle French trochée, from Latin trochaeus, from Greek trochaios, from trochaios running, from trochē run, course, from trechein to run; akin to Greek trochos wheel, Old Irish droch


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