from The Century Dictionary.
- In prosody, wanting the last foot of the last dipody: as, a brachycatalectic verse or line.
- noun A verse wanting the last foot of the last dipody.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Gr. & Last. Pros.) A verse wanting two syllables at its termination.
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- noun poetry A
versethat is two syllablesshort.
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_iambic hepthemimer_ followed by a _trochaic dimeter brachycatalectic_.
If he were arrested by the Government, the American Admiral would at once send ashore a file of marines with an 'ultimatum,' a 'Columbiad,' a 'spanker boom,' a 'Webster's Unabridged,' and a 'brachycatalectic,' to demand his surrender at the cannon's mouth. "