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poulter's measure

Definitions

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

  • n. A metrical pattern employing couplets in which the first line is in iambic hexameter and the second is in iambic heptameter.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A metre with alternate lines of 12 and 14 syllables, because it was said that poulters gave 12 eggs for the first dozen and 14 if you bought a second dozen.

Etymologies

From obsolete poulter, a poultry dealer (from the practice of giving a few extra eggs in the dozen), from Middle English pulter, from Old French pouletier; see poultry.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
See Coined by George Gascoigne in 1576, See poulter & definition below. (Wiktionary)

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