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spondee

[ spon-dee ]
/ ˈspɒn di /
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noun Prosody.
a foot of two syllables, both of which are long in quantitative meter or stressed in accentual meter. Symbol: 
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Origin of spondee

1350–1400; Middle English sponde<Latin spondēus<Greek spondeîos, derivative of spondḗ libation
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British Dictionary definitions for spondee

spondee
/ (ˈspɒndiː) /

noun
prosody a metrical foot consisting of two long syllables (– –)

Word Origin for spondee

C14: from Old French spondée, from Latin spondēus, from Greek spondeios, from spondē a ritual libation; from the use of spondee in the music that characteristically accompanied such ceremonies
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Medical definitions for spondee

spondee
[ spŏndē′ ]

n.
A word or metrical foot having two equally stressed syllables, used in testing speech and hearing.
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