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

  • n. A metrical foot consisting of a trochee followed by an iamb, much used in Greek and Latin poetry.
  • n. A foot of verse used in lyric poetry having two unstressed syllables flanked by the two rhythmic stresses marking the first and last syllables of the foot.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A choriambus.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Same as choriambus.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In ancient prosody, a foot of four syllables, the first and fourth of which are long, the second and third short, the ictus or metrical stress resting either on the first or on the last syllable .


Late Latin choriambus, from Greek khoriambos : khoreios, trochee (from khoros, chorus; see chorus) + iambos, iamb.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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