Hexameter



[hek-sam-i-ter] /hɛkˈsæm ɪ tər/ Prosody

noun
1.
a dactylic line of six feet, as in Greek and Latin epic poetry, in which the first four feet are dactyls or spondees, the fifth is ordinarily a dactyl, and the last is a trochee or spondee, with a caesura usually following the long syllable in the third foot.
2.
any line of verse in six feet, as in English poetry.
adjective
3.
consisting of six metrical feet.
/hɛkˈsæmɪtə/
noun (prosody)
1.
a verse line consisting of six metrical feet
2.
(in Greek and Latin epic poetry) a verse line of six metrical feet, of which the first four are usually dactyls or spondees, the fifth almost always a dactyl, and the sixth a spondee or trochee
adj.

1540s, from Latin hexameter, from Greek hexametros, from hex “six” (see hexa-) + metron “meter” (see meter (n.2)). As a noun from 1570s. Related: Hexametric.

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