- pertaining to Alcaeus or to certain meters or a form of strophe or stanza used by, or named after, him.
- Alcaics, Alcaic verses or strophes.
Origin of Alcaic
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The model of this variety is not to be found in any of the Alcaic or Tyrtæan remains.
He used to say, “The Horatian alcaic is, perhaps, the stateliest metre except the Virgilian hexameter at its best.”Tennyson and His Friends
On the other hand, we can find scarcely an ode in the Sapphic or Alcaic metre, which does not clearly betray its modern origin.The Civilisation of the Renaissance in Italy
Somewhat as in the Greek alcaic, where the penultimate line seems to lift and suspend the wave that falls over in the last.The Sufistic Quatrains of Omar Khayyam
Virgilius Mars wrote in hexameters; Horatius Flaccus in alcaic, sapphic, and anapestic verse.The Green Book
- of or relating to a metre used by the 7th-century bc Greek lyric poet Alcaeus, consisting of a strophe of four lines each with four feet
- (usually plural) verse written in the Alcaic form
C17: from Late Latin Alcaicus of Alcaeus
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