from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or being a verse form used in Greek and Latin poetry, consisting of strophes having four tetrametric lines.
- n. Verse composed in strophes of four tetrametric lines.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Pertaining to Alcæus, a lyric poet of Mitylene, about 6000 b. c.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to Alcæus, a lyric poet of Mytilene, in Lesbos, who flourished about 600 b. c.
- [lowercase] Pertaining to, of the nature of, or consisting of alcaics: as, an alcaic strophe. See II.
- n. A line written in one of the measures invented by Alcæus.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. verse in the meter used in Greek and Latin poetry consisting of strophes of 4 tetrametric lines; reputedly invented by Alcaeus
Late Latin Alcaicus, of Alcaeus, from Greek Alkaïkos, from Alkaios, Alcaeus.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)