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

  • n. In quantitative verse, a foot of one long syllable and three short syllables occurring in any order.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A foot containing any pattern of three short syllables and one long syllable.

Etymologies

Latin paeōn, from Greek paiōn, from paiān, paiōn, paean; see paean.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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