amphibrach

[ am-fuh-brak ]
/ ˈæm fəˌbræk /

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 forms

am·phi·brach·ic, adjective
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amphibrach

/ (ˈæmfɪˌbræk) /

noun

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

Derived Forms

amphibrachic, adjective

Word Origin for amphibrach

C16: from Latin, from Greek amphibrakhus, literally: both ends being short, from amphi- + brakhus short
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