Definitions

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  • n. A metrical foot consisting of three long syllables and one short syllable.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A foot consisting of three long syllables and one short syllable.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In prosody, a foot consisting of three long syllables and one short one, and denominated first, second, third, or fourth epitrite, according as the short syllable is the first, second, third, or fourth: as, sălū tāntēs, cōncĭtātī, īntērcălāns, īncāntārĕ.

Etymologies

Ancient Greek: compare Latin epitritos, French épitrite. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • For five have the sesquialter proportion, three cups of water being mixed in two of wine; three, the double proportion, two being mixed with one; four, the sesquiterce, three cups of water to one of wine, which is the epitrite proportion for those exercising their minds in the council-chamber or frowning over dialectics, when changes of speeches are expected, — a sober and mild mixture.

    Essays and Miscellanies

  • The second epitrite was considered the most distinctly Doric.

    Critical and Historical Essays Lectures delivered at Columbia University

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