[ kat-l-ek-tik ]
/ ˌkæt lˈɛk tɪk /
(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.
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British Dictionary definitions for catalectic
/ (ˌkætəˈlɛktɪk) /
prosody (of a line of verse) having an incomplete final foot
Word Origin for catalectic
C16: via Late Latin from Greek katalēktikos incomplete, from katalēgein, from kata- off + lēgein to stop
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