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noun, Classical Prosody.
(def 2).
[pen-tam-i-ter] /pɛnˈtæm ɪ tər/ Prosody
a line of verse consisting of five metrical feet.
Also called elegiac pentameter. Classical Prosody. a verse consisting of two dactyls, one long syllable, two more dactyls, and another long syllable.
unrhymed verse of five iambic feet; heroic verse.
consisting of five metrical feet.
a verse line consisting of five metrical feet
(in classical prosody) a verse line consisting of two dactyls, one stressed syllable, two dactyls, and a final stressed syllable
designating a verse line consisting of five metrical feet

1540s, from Middle French pentametre, from Latin pentameter, from Greek pentametros (adj.) “having five measures,” from pente “five” (see five) + metron “meter” (see meter (n.2)). As a noun from 1580s.


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