Definitions

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  • n. A metrical foot of three long syllables.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A foot of three long syllables.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

Etymologies

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

Examples

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  • Sticky.

    October 28, 2008

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

    October 28, 2008

  • and a molosser is my dog!

    September 24, 2007

  • 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