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  1. Prosody. noting a verse consisting of a dactyl () followed by a spondee () or trochee ().
  2. of or like Adonis.
  1. Prosody. an Adonic verse or line.

Origin of Adonic

From the Medieval Latin word Adōnicus, dating back to 1670–80. See Adonis, -ic
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  • Adonic verse is a pentasyllable with necessary accents on the first and fourth syllables.

    Legends, Tales and Poems

    Gustavo Adolfo Becquer

British Dictionary definitions for adonic


  1. (in classical prosody) of or relating to a verse line consisting of a dactyl (¯˘˘) followed by a spondee (––) or by a trochee (¯˘), thought to have been first used in laments for Adonis
  2. of or relating to Adonis
  1. an Adonic line or verse
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