[ ahy-am, ahy-amb ]
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  1. a foot of two syllables, a short followed by a long in quantitative meter, or an unstressed followed by a stressed in accentual meter, as in Come live / with me / and be / my love.

Origin of iamb

First recorded in 1835–45; short for iambus

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iambus (aɪˈæmbəs)

/ (ˈaɪæm, ˈaɪæmb) /

nounplural iambs, iambi (aɪˈæmbaɪ) or iambuses prosody
  1. a metrical foot consisting of two syllables, a short one followed by a long one (◡ –)

  2. a line of verse of such feet

Origin of iamb

C19 iamb, from C16 iambus, from Latin, from Greek iambos

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