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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.
Historical Examples

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


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