Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun In classical Greek and Latin poetry, a prosodic unit consisting of two feet.
  • noun In English poetry, a prosodic unit consisting usually of two iambs or two trochees and scanned as containing one primary and one secondary stress.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In prosody, a group of two like feet; a double foot; especially, a pair of feet constituting a single measure.

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

  • noun (Pros.) Two metrical feet taken together, or included in one measure.

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

  • noun a unit of two metrical feet

Etymologies

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

[Late Latin dipodia, from Greek dipodiā, from dipous, two-footed : di-, two; see di– + pous, pod-, foot; see –pod.]

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