hexameter

[ hek-sam-i-ter ]
/ hɛkˈsæm ɪ tər /
Prosody
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noun

a dactylic line of six feet, as in Greek and Latin epic poetry, in which the first four feet are dactyls or spondees, the fifth is ordinarily a dactyl, and the last is a trochee or spondee, with a caesura usually following the long syllable in the third foot.
any line of verse in six feet, as in English poetry.

adjective

consisting of six metrical feet.

Origin of hexameter

1540–50; < Latin < Greek hexámetros of six measures, equivalent to hexa- hexa- + métr(on) measure + -os adj. suffix
Related formshex·a·met·ric [hek-suh-me-trik] /ˌhɛk səˈmɛ trɪk/, hex·a·met·ri·cal, hex·am·e·tral, adjective
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hexameter

/ (hɛkˈsæmɪtə) /

noun prosody

a verse line consisting of six metrical feet
(in Greek and Latin epic poetry) a verse line of six metrical feet, of which the first four are usually dactyls or spondees, the fifth almost always a dactyl, and the sixth a spondee or trochee

Derived Formshexametric (ˌhɛksəˈmɛtrɪk), hexametral or hexametrical, adjective
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