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- adj. Having each successive word longer by a letter or syllable.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Applied to a line or verse in which each successive word has one more syllable than the preceding.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In ancient prosody, noting a hexameter in which each succeeding word contains one syllable more than that preceding it. Also spelled ropalic.
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Week 852, reverse rhopalic sentences: Fundraiser announced; Johnsons mistype invite, offer "cash bra."
Week 848, rhopalic sentences, in which each successive word is one letter longer: So Joe, only you're having trouble spelling Murkowski.
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