[ ahr-kuh-loh-kee-uh n ]
/ ˌɑr kəˈloʊ ki ən /

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


/ (ˌɑːkɪˈləʊkɪən) /


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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