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distich

[dis-tik]
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noun Prosody.
  1. a unit of two lines of verse, usually a self-contained statement; couplet.
  2. a rhyming couplet.
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Origin of distich

1545–55; < Latin distichon, noun use of neuter of Greek dístichos having two lines, equivalent to di- di-1 + stíchos row
Related formsdis·ti·chal, adjectivesub·dis·tich, noun
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Examples from the Web for distich

Historical Examples

  • A war is undertaken for an epigram or a distich, as in Europe for a duchy.

    Rubiyt of Omar Khayym and Salmn and Absl

    Omar Khayym and Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • In this distich is another line of which Pope was not the author.

  • He is said to have got more by this distich than Mr. Dryden did by all his works.

    Isaac Bickerstaff

    Richard Steele

  • Well, if had any curiosity, it would be to see the poor author of the distich.

    Ten Years Later

    Alexandre Dumas, Pere

  • The asyndeton in this distich is odd, given the preceding series of connectives.


British Dictionary definitions for distich

distich

noun
  1. prosody a unit of two verse lines, usually a couplet
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Derived Formsdistichal, adjective

Word Origin

C16: from Greek distikhos having two lines, from di- 1 + stikhos stich
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