- 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.
Origin of pentameter
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- 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
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