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  1. pertaining to Alcaeus or to certain meters or a form of strophe or stanza used by, or named after, him.
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  1. Alcaics, Alcaic verses or strophes.
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Origin of Alcaic

1620–30; < Late Latin Alcaicus < Greek Alkaïkós, equivalent to Alka(îos) Alcaeus + -ikos -ic
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Historical Examples

  • The model of this variety is not to be found in any of the Alcaic or Tyrtæan remains.

    The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volume II.


  • He used to say, “The Horatian alcaic is, perhaps, the stateliest metre except the Virgilian hexameter at its best.”

  • On the other hand, we can find scarcely an ode in the Sapphic or Alcaic metre, which does not clearly betray its modern origin.

  • Somewhat as in the Greek alcaic, where the penultimate line seems to lift and suspend the wave that falls over in the last.

  • Virgilius Mars wrote in hexameters; Horatius Flaccus in alcaic, sapphic, and anapestic verse.

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
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  1. (usually plural) verse written in the Alcaic form
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Word Origin

C17: from Late Latin Alcaicus of Alcaeus
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