a form of verse used in Greek drama and Latin dramatic poetry, composed in dactylic tetrameter.
The Forgotten Verses of “The Star-Spangled Banner”While the first verse of "The Star-Spangled Banner" is widely known by the American public, the last three verses are generally omitted in performances.
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Origin of Alcmanic verse
< Greek Alkmanikós equivalent to Alkmán Alcman, a Greek lyric poet (late 7th cent. b.c.) + -ikos -ic
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