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amphibrach

[am-fuh-brak]
noun Prosody.
  1. 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.
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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
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amphibrach

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

Word Origin

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

n.

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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