[ mel-ik ]
/ ˈmɛl ɪk /
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
1690–1700; < Greek melikós, equivalent to mél(os) limb, song + -ikos -ic
Words nearby melic
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Example sentences from the Web for melic
Although the metre and dialect are Dorian, the poems breathe the spirit of Aeolian melic poetry.
British Dictionary definitions for melic
/ (ˈmɛlɪk) /
(of poetry, esp ancient Greek lyric poems) intended to be sung
Word Origin for melic
C17: via Latin from Greek melikos, from melos song
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