noun Classical Prosody.
Definition for elegiac-pentameter (2 of 2)
[ pen-tam-i-ter ]
/ pɛnˈtæm ɪ tər /
a line of verse consisting of five metrical feet.
Also called elegiac pentameter. Classical Prosody. a verse consisting of two dactyls, one long syllable, two more dactyls, and another long syllable.
unrhymed verse of five iambic feet; heroic verse.
consisting of five metrical feet.
Related formspen·tam·e·trist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for elegiac-pentameter
/ (pɛnˈtæmɪtə) /
a verse line consisting of five metrical feet
(in classical prosody) a verse line consisting of two dactyls, one stressed syllable, two dactyls, and a final stressed syllable
designating a verse line consisting of five metrical feet
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Word Origin and History for elegiac-pentameter
1540s, from Middle French pentametre, from Latin pentameter, from Greek pentametros (adj.) "having five measures," from pente "five" (see five) + metron "meter" (see meter (n.2)). As a noun from 1580s.
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