Alcaic

[al-key-ik]
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adjective

pertaining to Alcaeus or to certain meters or a form of strophe or stanza used by, or named after, him.

noun

Alcaics, Alcaic verses or strophes.

Origin of Alcaic

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

adjective

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

noun

(usually plural) verse written in the Alcaic form

Word Origin for Alcaic

C17: from Late Latin Alcaicus of Alcaeus
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