- intended to be sung.
- noting or pertaining to the more elaborate form of Greek lyric poetry, as distinguished from iambic and elegiac poetry.
Origin of melic
1690–1700; < Greek melikós, equivalent to mél(os) limb, song + -ikos -ic
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Examples from the Web for melic
Although the metre and dialect are Dorian, the poems breathe the spirit of Aeolian melic poetry.
- (of poetry, esp ancient Greek lyric poems) intended to be sung
C17: via Latin from Greek melikos, from melos song
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