a foot of three syllables that in quantitative meter consists of one short syllable followed by two long ones, and that in accentual meter consists of one unstressed syllable followed by two stressed ones.
He scans it as a ‘bacchius’, consisting of four feet, with the measurement , the last syllable of saeclo seeming to be shortened.
Cato Maior de Senectute Marcus Tullius Cicero
noun (pl) -chii (-ˈkaɪaɪ)
(prosody) a metrical foot of one short syllable followed by two long ones (◡ – –) Compare dactyl
the god of wine; Dionysus. Contemporary Examples Super Bowl MVP Drew Brees was named King of the Bacchus Krewe at this year’s Mardi Gras. Kings of Mardi Gras The Daily Beast February 15, 2010 I guess we know how Bacchus kept his title as the god of wine and intoxication. History’s Craziest Hangover Cures Justin […]
flourished 5th century b.c, Greek poet. Historical Examples However, if any one thinks differently, as Bacchylides says, “The way is broad.” Plutarch’s Lives, Volume I (of 4) Plutarch The same characteristic is found in the epinikia of Bacchylides. Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 1 Various The moralizing of Bacchylides is rather […]
a combining form meaning “berry,” used in the formation of compound words: baccivorous.
Older Use. tobacco. Historical Examples He had been a smoker like the rest of the crew, but he gave up “baccy.” The Lively Poll R.M. Ballantyne He stood there by the railin’s a shavin’ up a plug o’ baccy to put in his pipe. Oldtown Fireside Stories Harriet Beecher Stowe “The notions come and go, […]