- (of a line of verse) lacking part of the last foot; metrically incomplete, as the second line of One more unfortunate,/Weary of breath.
- a catalectic line of verse.
Origin of catalectic
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- prosody (of a line of verse) having an incomplete final foot
C16: via Late Latin from Greek katalēktikos incomplete, from katalēgein, from kata- off + lēgein to stop
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Word Origin and History for catalectic
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