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[ahy-am-buh s]
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noun, plural i·am·bi [ahy-am-bahy] /aɪˈæm baɪ/, i·am·bus·es.
  1. iamb.
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Origin of iambus

1580–90; < Latin < Greek íambos
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  • As has already been said, the iambus is the common foot of English verse.

    English: Composition and Literature

    W. F. (William Franklin) Webster

  • The second pda of this stanza is wanting an iambus in its middle part.

  • In place of the Iambus, a Tribrach ( ) may stand in any foot but the last.

    New Latin Grammar

    Charles E. Bennett

  • Such a foot is called an iambus (plural, iambuses, or the Latin iambi), and the form of verse is called iambic.

  • He could make Greek iambics, and doubted whether the bishop knew the difference between an iambus and a trochee.