[ al-key-ik ]
/ ælˈkeɪ ɪk /
pertaining to Alcaeus or to certain meters or a form of strophe or stanza used by, or named after, him.
Alcaics, Alcaic verses or strophes.
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Origin of Alcaic
1620–30; <Late Latin Alcaicus
equivalent to Alka
Words nearby Alcaic
, Alcalá de Henares
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How to use Alcaic in a sentence
Virgilius Mars wrote in hexameters; Horatius Flaccus in alcaic, sapphic, and anapestic verse.
As a boy of sixteen, he wrote verses in the Alcaic and Asclepiadeian measures, and soon acquired a considerable mastery over them.
Thus, there is as much artificiality about a stanza of Chinese verse as there is about an Alcaic stanza in Latin.
Somewhat as in the Greek Alcaic, where the penultimate line seems to lift and suspend the Wave that falls over in the last.
British Dictionary definitions for Alcaic
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
(usually plural) verse written in the Alcaic form
Word Origin for Alcaic
C17: from Late Latin Alcaicus of Alcaeus
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