catalexis

[ kat-l-ek-sis ]
/ ˌkæt lˈɛk sɪs /

noun, plural cat·a·lex·es [kat-lek-seez] /ˌkætˈlɛk siz/. Prosody.

the absence of a syllable at the beginning or end of a line of metrical verse resulting in an incomplete foot, most often occurring in the last foot at the end of a verse; a catalectic line.

Nearby words

  1. catalan,
  2. catalase,
  3. catalectic,
  4. catalepsy,
  5. cataleptic,
  6. catalin,
  7. catalina island,
  8. catalo,
  9. catalog,
  10. catalog code

Origin of catalexis

1820–30; < Greek katálēxis ending, final syllable; see catalectic, -sis

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