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octosyllabic

[ok-toh-si-lab-ik]
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adjective
  1. consisting of or pertaining to eight syllables.
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noun
  1. an octosyllable.
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Origin of octosyllabic

1765–75; < Late Latin octōsyllab(us) (< Greek, equivalent to oktō- octo- + -syllabos syllabic) + -ic
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Historical Examples

  • Green's poems, written in octosyllabic metre, were published after his death.

    The Age of Pope

    John Dennis

  • Romances, properly so called, are composed of octosyllabic verses.

    Legends, Tales and Poems

    Gustavo Adolfo Becquer

  • Songs and important speeches are in quatrains of octosyllabic lines, the first and last rhyming, and the second and third.

    Apu Ollantay

    Anonymous

  • To them enters a chasqui, or messenger, who describes the result of Rumi-naui's treachery in octosyllabic quatrains.

    Apu Ollantay

    Anonymous

  • His chief work is his translation of Virgil's Æneid in the octosyllabic metre of Scott (1861-68).