[ uh-sklee-pee-uh-dee-uh n ]
/ əˌskli pi əˈdi ən /
Classical Prosody


noting or pertaining to a verse consisting of a spondee, two or three choriambi, and an iamb.


an Asclepiadean verse.

Origin of Asclepiadean

1700–10; < Greek Asklēpiádei(os) pertaining to Asclepiades, 3rd-century Greek poet to whom the verse was attributed + -an Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for asclepiadean

/ (æˌskliːpɪəˈdiːən) prosody /


of or relating to a type of classical verse line consisting of a spondee, two or three choriambs, and an iamb


Also called: Asclepiad an Asclepiadean verse

Word Origin for Asclepiadean

C17: via Latin from Greek Asklēpiadēs (about 270 bc), who invented the verse form
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