from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A verse that is two syllables short.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A verse wanting two syllables at its termination.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In prosody, wanting the last foot of the last dipody: as, a brachycatalectic verse or line.
- n. A verse wanting the last foot of the last dipody.
_iambic hepthemimer_ followed by a _trochaic dimeter brachycatalectic_.
If he were arrested by the Government, the American Admiral would at once send ashore a file of marines with an 'ultimatum,' a 'Columbiad,' a 'spanker boom,' a 'Webster's Unabridged,' and a 'brachycatalectic,' to demand his surrender at the cannon's mouth. "
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