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- n. Adding one or two syllables to the last foot of a verse
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In prosody, excess of a final syllable or half-foot after the last measure in a series or line measured by dipodies.
Coined in the late 1880s as Back-formation from hypercatalectic., from Latin hypercatalēcticus, from Ancient Greek (hyperkatalēktikos), from (hyper) + (katalēktikos, "incomplete") (Wiktionary)
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