Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as choriamb.

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

  • noun (Anc. Pros.) A foot consisting of four syllables, of which the first and last are long, and the other short (- ˘ ˘ -); that is, a choreus, or trochee, and an iambus united.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun poetry A metrical foot consisting of four syllables, of which the first and last are long, and the others short; a choreus, or trochee, united with an iambus.

Etymologies

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Latin choriambus, from Ancient Greek.

Examples

  • Thus the three words marked above make a 'choriambus' -- u u

    Literary Remains, Volume 2

  • Thus, the three words marked above make a _choriambus_ -- u u, or perhaps a _pæon primus_ - u u u; a dactyl, by virtue of comic rapidity, being only equal to an iambus when distinctly pronounced.

    Shakespeare, Ben Jonson, Beaumont and Fletcher

  • But by virtue of the last principle — the retardation of acceleration of time — we have the proceleusmatic foot u u u u, and the _dispondæus_ ----, not to mention the _choriambus_, the ionics, pæons, and epitrites.

    Shakespeare, Ben Jonson, Beaumont and Fletcher

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