from The Century Dictionary.

  • Of or pertaining to Adonis. See Adonis, etymology.
  • noun An Adonic verse: so called, it is said, because used in songs sung at the Adonia, or festival of Adonis.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Relating to Adonis, famed for his beauty.
  • adjective a verse consisting of a dactyl and spondee (-- ˘ ˘ | -- --).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a verse line with a dactyl followed by a spondee or trochee; supposedly used in laments by Adonis
  • adjective or relating to or like Adonis
  • adjective having a rhythm consisting of a dactyl followed by a spondee or a trochee


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