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  1. intended to be sung.
  2. 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
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Historical Examples

  • Although the metre and dialect are Dorian, the poems breathe the spirit of Aeolian melic poetry.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 2


British Dictionary definitions for melic


  1. (of poetry, esp ancient Greek lyric poems) intended to be sung
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Word Origin

C17: via Latin from Greek melikos, from melos song
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