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- n. A four-line stanza.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A stanza, epigram, or poem, consisting of four verses or lines.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A group of four lines; a period, system, stanza, or poem consisting of four lines or four verses; a quartet. Compare quatrain.
The tetrastich alludes to the beauty of the Greek slaves.
What I have said in the foregoing tetrastich is thus translated out of the Lanternish tongue into our vulgar dialect:
Robert Recorde's _Castle of Knowledge_ (1556) occurs the following tetrastich: --
There was something congenial to the Roman spirit in the pithy distich or tetrastich which formed so considerable an element in the "elegant extracts" of Alexandria.
[FN#292] This tetrastich has occurred before (Night cxciii.).
[FN#315] This tetrastich has occurred before: so I quote Mr. Payne
Here Selvaggi praised him in a distich, and Salsilli in a tetrastich: neither of them of much value.
292 This tetrastich has occurred before (Night cxciii.).
315 This tetrastich has occurred before: so I quote Mr. Payne (in loco).
On rocky ground I procured a really fine Acanthus, leaves all flesh-coloured, subscandens, spic. maximis lanato-ciliatis, tetrastich. on this the black cattle appear to be fed, as large bundles were brought in at Oongar.
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