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melic

[ mel-ik ]
/ ˈmɛl ɪk /
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adjective

intended to be sung.
noting or pertaining to the more elaborate form of Greek lyric poetry, as distinguished from iambic and elegiac poetry.

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Origin of melic

First recorded in 1690–1700; from Latin melicus, from Greek melikós, equivalent to mél(os) “limb; feature, form; musical member or phrase, song” + -ikos -ic
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British Dictionary definitions for melic

melic
/ (ˈmɛlɪk) /

adjective

(of poetry, esp ancient Greek lyric poems) intended to be sung
C17: via Latin from Greek melikos, from melos song
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