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- adj. Of or pertaining to a proem or proemium.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Introductory; prefatory; preliminary.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having the character of a proem; introductory; prefatory; preliminary.
- In paleontology, pertaining to the vanguard of a migrating fossil fauna which gradually invades a new province, but is replaced after its first appearance by the previous tenant.
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The epick writers have found the proemial part of the poem such an addition to their undertaking, that they have almost unanimously adopted the first lines of Homer, and the reader needs only be informed of the subject, to know in what manner the poem will begin.
It is established at present, that the proemial lines of a poem, in which the general subject is proposed, must be void of glitter and embellishment.
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