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

  • noun A number of poems, not formally united, that treat an epic theme.
  • noun An epic.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An epic poem, or its subject; an epopee; epic poetry.
  • noun In ancient prosody, a dactylic hexameter.
  • noun In paleography, a series of words or letters, approximately of the length of a dactylic hexameter, anciently used as a line of normal size in writing manuscripts or estimating their length.

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

  • noun An epic.

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  • noun obsolete An epic.

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

  • noun a long narrative poem telling of a hero's deeds
  • noun a body of poetry that conveys the traditions of a society by treating some epic theme

Etymologies

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

[Latin, from Greek; see wekw- in Indo-European roots.]

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Latin, from Ancient Greek ἔπος (epos, "word, song, epic").

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