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.

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Origin of amphibrach

1580–90; < Latin amphibrachus < Greek amphíbrachys short before and after (amphi- amphi- + brachýs short); cf. amphimacer

OTHER WORDS FROM amphibrach

am·phi·brach·ic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for amphibrach

amphibrach
/ (ˈæmfɪˌbræk) /

noun

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

Derived forms of amphibrach

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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