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[trahy-brak, trib-rak]
  1. Prosody. a foot of three short syllables.
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Origin of tribrach

< Latin tribrachys < Greek tríbrachys, equivalent to tri- tri- + brachýs short; see brachy-
Related formstri·brach·ic, adjectivetri·brach·i·al, adjective
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Historical Examples of tribrach

  • The Tribrach has all its syllables unaccented: as, "Matrmny, exquisite nss."

    The Comic English Grammar

    Percival Leigh

  • The Tribrach has all its syllables unaccented: as, Matrmny, exqustenss.

  • In place of the Iambus, a Tribrach ( ) may stand in any foot but the last.

    New Latin Grammar

    Charles E. Bennett

  • The Tribrach is a foot of three syllables, all short; and it may be used in the third and fourth places.

  • The weak feet are those which have the most short syllables or end in a short syllable; as the Pyrrhic, the Trochee, the Tribrach.

British Dictionary definitions for tribrach


  1. prosody a metrical foot of three short syllables (◡ ◡ ◡)
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Derived Formstribrachic or tribrachial, adjective

Word Origin for tribrach

C16: from Latin tribrachys, from Greek tribrakhus, from tri- + brakhus short


  1. archaeol a three-armed object, esp a flint implement
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Word Origin for tribrach

C19: from tri- + Greek brakhiōn arm
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