from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. In quantitative verse, a foot of one long syllable and three short syllables occurring in any order.
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- n. A foot containing any pattern of three short syllables and one long syllable.
Latin paeōn, from Greek paiōn, from paiān, paiōn, paean; see paean.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)