[ahr-kuh-loh-kee-uh n]

adjective Prosody.

of or relating to a form of poetic meter devised by the Greek Archilochus in which various types of meter are combined in the same line or couplet, as a dactylic tetrameter plus a trochaic tripody.

Origin of Archilochian

1745–55; < Greek archilóchei(os) (equivalent to Archíloch(os) Archilochus + -eios adj. suffix) + -an Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for archilochian



denoting or relating to the 7th century bc Greek poet Archilochus or his verse, esp the iambic trimeters or trochaic tetrameters used by him
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