1. Alcaics, Alcaic verses or strophes.

Origin of Alcaic

1620–30; < Late Latin Alcaicus < Greek Alkaïkós, equivalent to Alka(îos) Alcaeus + -ikos -ic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for alcaic


  1. of or relating to a metre used by the 7th-century bc Greek lyric poet Alcaeus, consisting of a strophe of four lines each with four feet
  1. (usually plural) verse written in the Alcaic form

Word Origin for Alcaic

C17: from Late Latin Alcaicus of Alcaeus
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