Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun [lowercase; pl. molossi (-ī).] In classical pros., a foot of three long syllables.
  • noun In mammalogy, the typical and leading genus of Molossinæ.
  • noun In conchology, a genus of mollusks.

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  • noun (Gr. & Lat. Pros.) A foot of three long syllables.

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  • noun poetry A metrical foot of three long syllables.

Etymologies

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Latin, from Ancient Greek, properly "belonging to the Molossians", a people in the eastern part of Epirus.

Examples

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  • A Molossus is a metrical foot used in formal poetry. It consists of three long syllables. In English poetry, syllables are usually categorized as being either stressed or unstressed, rather than long or short.

    For example, the first line of the following verse is a molossus:

    Break, break, break,

    On thy cold gray stones, O Sea!

    And I would that my tongue could utter

    The thoughts that arise in me.

    Alfred Lord Tennyson

    from Wikipedia

    September 24, 2007

  • and a molosser is my dog!

    September 24, 2007

  • I'm mildly disappointed to find this isn't a colossus made of molasses.

    October 28, 2008

  • Sticky.

    October 28, 2008