[ dip-uh-dee ]
/ ˈdɪp ə di /

noun, plural dip·o·dies. Prosody.

a group of two feet in English poetry, in which one of the two accented syllables bears primary stress and the other bears secondary stress, used as a prosodic measurement in iambic, trochaic, and anapestic verse.
a prosodic measurement of two feet in classical Greek and Latin poetry.

Origin of dipody

1835–45; < Late Latin dipodia < Greek: the quality of having two feet, equivalent to dipod- (stem of dípous) two-footed (see di-1, -pod) + -ia -y3

Related forms

di·pod·ic [dahy-pod-ik] /daɪˈpɒd ɪk/, adjective
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  • If it does not, how can dipodic or polypodic animals really exist?

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British Dictionary definitions for dipodic


/ (ˈdɪpədɪ) /

noun plural -dies

prosody a metrical unit consisting of two feet

Word Origin for dipody

C19: from Late Latin dipodia, from Greek di- 1 + pous foot
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