American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Pros.) 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.
- n. a verse form suited to the treatment of heroic or elevated themes; dactylic hexameter or iambic pentameter
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