from The Century Dictionary.

  • Pertaining to or composed of choliambs.
  • noun Same as choliamb.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective poetry Employing or relating to choliambs, or limping iambs.
  • noun poetry A choliamb.


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  • The fables are written in choliambic, _i. e._ limping or imperfect iambic verse, having a spondee as the last foot, a metre originally appropriated to satire.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 1 "Austria, Lower" to "Bacon"

  • M. Menoides, at the suggestion of M. Villemain, Minister of Public Instruction to King Louis Philippe, had been entrusted with a commission to search for ancient MSS., and in carrying out his instructions he found a MS. at the convent of St. Laura, on Mount Athos, which proved to be a copy of the long suspected and wished-for choliambic version of Babrias.


  • Scazonic, or halting, iambics; a choliambic (a lame, halting iambic) differs from the iambic Senarius in always having a spondee or trichee for its last foot; the fifth foot, to avoid shortness of meter, being generally an iambic.


  • Mr. Tyrwhitt published, A.D. 1776, a Dissertation on Babrias, and a collection of his fables in choliambic meter found in a MS. in the Bodleian Library at Oxford.


  • His fables are written in choliambic verse; that is, imperfect iambic which has a spondee in the last foot and is fitted for the satire for which it was originally used.

    Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern — Volume 3

  • indeed, in its orotund grandiosity, its declamatory incoherence, its choliambic grandeur, and its unedited seediness, it threatens to leave me fixed here in speechlessness, gaping.

    Making Light: Rowling's being sued for plagiarism again


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