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[kawr-ee-amb, -am, kohr-] /ˈkɔr iˌæmb, -ˌæm, ˈkoʊr-/
noun, Prosody.
a foot of four syllables, two short between two long or two unstressed between two stressed.
Origin of choriamb
First recorded in 1835-45; short for choriambus
Related forms
choriambic, adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for choriamb


noun (pl) -ambs, -ambi (-ˈæmbaɪ)
(prosody) a metrical foot used in classical verse consisting of four syllables, two short ones between two long ones (– ◡ ◡ –)
Derived Forms
choriambic, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from Late Latin choriambus, from Greek khoriambos, from khoreios trochee, of a chorus, from khoroschorus
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