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

  • n. A Latin verse used only in comedy and consisting of seven feet, especially a catalectic iambic or trochaic tetrameter.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Latin pros., a verse consisting of seven feet.

Etymologies

Latin septēnārius, of seven, from septēnī, seven each, from septem, seven; see septennial.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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