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dodecasyllable

[doh-dek-uh-sil-uh-buh l, doh-dek-] /doʊˌdɛk əˈsɪl ə bəl, ˌdoʊ dɛk-/
noun
1.
a word or line of verse containing 12 syllables.
Origin of dodecasyllable
1745-1755
First recorded in 1745-55; dodeca- + syllable
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  • Hitherto the decasyllable and the dodecasyllable had been used indiscriminately, and Ronsard's Franciade is written in the former.

  • This dodecasyllable has a short metrical pause after the sixth syllable, and a longer one after the twelfth.

    Legends, Tales and Poems Gustavo Adolfo Becquer
British Dictionary definitions for dodecasyllable

dodecasyllable

/ˌdəʊdɛkəˈsɪləbəl/
noun
1.
(prosody) a line of twelve syllables
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