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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A poetic rhythm designed to imitate the rhythm of speech, in which each foot has one stressed syllable, either standing alone or followed by a varying number of unstressed syllables.

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  • noun a poetic rhythm that imitates the rhythm of speech

Etymologies

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

[Coined by Gerard Manley Hopkins.]

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