isocolon

[ahy-suh-koh-luh n]

noun, plural i·so·co·la [ahy-suh-koh-luh] /ˈaɪ səˌkoʊ lə/. Rhetoric.

a figure of speech or sentence having a parallel structure formed by the use of two or more clauses, or cola, of similar length, as “The bigger they are, the harder they fall.”

Nearby words

  1. isocitrate dehydrogenase,
  2. isocitric acid,
  3. isoclinal,
  4. isocline,
  5. isoclinic line,
  6. isocoria,
  7. isocortex,
  8. isocracy,
  9. isocrat,
  10. isocrates

Origin of isocolon

[object Object] < Greek isókōlon, from neuter of isókōlos “of equal members,” equivalent to iso- (meaning “equal”) + colon1 (in the sense “a rhythmic measure within a prosodic sequence”)

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