Prosody. a verse of four feet.
Classical Prosody. a line consisting of four dipodies in trochaic, iambic, or anapestic meter.


Prosody. consisting of four metrical feet.

Origin of tetrameter

1605–15; < Latin tetrametrus < Greek tetrámetros having four measures. See tetra-, meter2
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noun prosody

a line of verse consisting of four metrical feet
a verse composed of such lines
(in classical prosody) a line of verse composed of four dipodies
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Word Origin and History for tetrameter

1610s, from Latin tetrametrus, from Greek tetrametron "verse of four measures," originally neuter of tetrametros (adj.) "having four measures," from tetra- "four" (see tetra-) + metron "measure" (see meter (n.2)).

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