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noun Classical Prosody.
  1. pentameter(def 2).
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pentameter

[pen-tam-i-ter]Prosody
noun
  1. a line of verse consisting of five metrical feet.
  2. Also called elegiac pentameter. Classical Prosody. a verse consisting of two dactyls, one long syllable, two more dactyls, and another long syllable.
  3. unrhymed verse of five iambic feet; heroic verse.
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adjective
  1. consisting of five metrical feet.
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Origin of pentameter

1540–50; < Latin pentametrus < Greek pentámetros. See penta-, meter2
Related formspen·tam·e·trist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for elegiac-pentameter

pentameter

noun
  1. a verse line consisting of five metrical feet
  2. (in classical prosody) a verse line consisting of two dactyls, one stressed syllable, two dactyls, and a final stressed syllable
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adjective
  1. designating a verse line consisting of five metrical feet
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Word Origin and History for elegiac-pentameter

pentameter

adj.

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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