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octameter

[ok-tam-i-ter]Prosody
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adjective
  1. consisting of eight measures or feet.
noun
  1. Also octometer. an octameter verse.

Origin of octameter

1840–50; < Late Latin < Greek oktámetros (adj.), equivalent to okta- octa- + métr(on) -meter + -os adj. suffix
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Examples from the Web for octameter

Historical Examples

  • Verses of seven and eight feet are rare; they are called heptameter and octameter, respectively.

    English: Composition and Literature

    W. F. (William Franklin) Webster

  • The heptameter is usually divided into a tetrameter and a trimeter; the octameter, into two tetrameters.

    English: Composition and Literature

    W. F. (William Franklin) Webster


British Dictionary definitions for octameter

octameter

noun
  1. prosody a verse line consisting of eight metrical feet
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