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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One of several verse forms traditionally used in epic and dramatic poetry, especially:
  • n. The dactylic hexameter in Greek and Latin.
  • n. The iambic pentameter in English.
  • n. The alexandrine in French. Also called heroic meter.

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  • n. any of several forms of verse used in epic or dramatic poetry

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. the verse of heroic or epic poetry, being in English, German, and Italian the iambic of ten syllables; in French the iambic of twelve syllables; and in classic poetry the hexameter.
  • n. See under Heroic.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a verse form suited to the treatment of heroic or elevated themes; dactylic hexameter or iambic pentameter

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