noun Prosody.

a trisyllabic foot, the arrangement of the syllables of which is short, long, short in quantitative meter, or unstressed, stressed, unstressed in accentual meter. Thus, together is an accentual amphibrach.

Origin of amphibrach

1580–90; < Latin amphibrachus < Greek amphíbrachys short before and after (amphi- amphi- + brachýs short); cf. amphimacer
Related formsam·phi·brach·ic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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prosody a metrical foot consisting of a long syllable between two short syllables (◡ – ◡)Compare cretic
Derived Formsamphibrachic, adjective

Word Origin for amphibrach

C16: from Latin, from Greek amphibrakhus, literally: both ends being short, from amphi- + brakhus short
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Word Origin and History for amphibrach

1580s, from Latin amphibrachus, from Greek amphibrakhys, a foot consisting of a long syllable between two short, literally "short at both ends," from amphi- "on both sides" (see amphi-) + brakhys "short" (see brief (adj.)).

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