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catalectic

[ kat-l-ek-tik ]
/ ˌkæt lˈɛk tɪk /
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adjective
(of a line of verse) lacking part of the last foot; metrically incomplete, as the second line of One more unfortunate,/Weary of breath.
noun
a catalectic line of verse.
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Origin of catalectic

1580–90; <Late Latin catalēcticus<Greek katalēktikós incomplete, equivalent to katalēk-, variant stem of katalḗgein to leave off (kata-cata- + lḗgein to end) + -tikos-tic
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British Dictionary definitions for catalectic

catalectic
/ (ˌkætəˈlɛktɪk) /

adjective
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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