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noun plural -lia (-lɪə)
  1. a miniature epic
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Word Origin

C19: from Greek, diminutive of epos
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Examples from the Web for epyllion

Historical Examples

  • This is not in any sense a lyric poem, but an epyllion, or little epic.

    A History of Roman Literature

    Harold North Fowler

  • Other rhetorical devices cultivated in the epyllion are the long apostrophe, and the sentence or wise saying.

  • Either the term "minor epic" or "epyllion" is satisfactory, provided its referent is clear, and accurately described.