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[ok-toh-si-lab-ik] /ˌɒk toʊ sɪˈlæb ɪk/
consisting of or pertaining to eight syllables.
Origin of octosyllabic
1765-75; < Late Latin octōsyllab(us) (< Greek, equivalent to oktō- octo- + -syllabos syllabic) + -ic Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Green's poems, written in octosyllabic metre, were published after his death.

    The Age of Pope John Dennis
  • Romances, properly so called, are composed of octosyllabic verses.

    Legends, Tales and Poems Gustavo Adolfo Becquer
  • Songs and important speeches are in quatrains of octosyllabic lines, the first and last rhyming, and the second and third.

    Apu Ollantay Anonymous
  • To them enters a chasqui, or messenger, who describes the result of Rumi-naui's treachery in octosyllabic quatrains.

    Apu Ollantay Anonymous
  • His chief work is his translation of Virgil's Æneid in the octosyllabic metre of Scott (1861-68).

  • Another, the Life of St Leger, in 240 octosyllabic lines, is dated by conjecture about 975.

  • It is in stanzas, every one an octosyllabic triplet, which you will think odd, and I have not sanguinity enough to defend.

  • All these pieces kept the octosyllabic verse which the farce had consecrated.

  • This poem is sometimes said to show the first appearance of the octosyllabic couplet in English.

    English Verse Raymond MacDonald Alden, Ph.D.
  • Mr. Gosse speaks of Parnell's employment of the octosyllabic couplet in this poem as "wonderfully subtle and harmonious."

    English Verse Raymond MacDonald Alden, Ph.D.

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