[tuh-les-tik, tel-uh-stik]

noun Prosody.

a poem in which the last letters of successive lines form a word, a phrase, or the consecutive letters of the alphabet.

Compare acrostic.

Origin of telestich

First recorded in 1630–40; tele-2 + stich1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for telestich



a short poem in which the last letters of each successive line form a word

Word Origin for telestich

C17: from Greek telos end + stich
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