Definition of septenarius in English:

septenarius

Syllabification: sep·te·nar·i·us
Pronunciation: /ˌseptəˈne(ə)rēəs
 
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noun (plural septenarii /-ˈne(ə)rēˌī/)

Prosody
  • A Latin verse line of seven feet, especially a trochaic or iambic tetrameter catalectic, used only in comedy.
    More example sentences
    • The Epicharmus presented, in trochaic septenarii of the theatrical type, an account of the gods and the physical operations of the universe.
    • Whether in fact these scenes are the most strongly contrasted in Plautus we do not know without comprehensive examination of all his septenarii.
    • In fact here the exclusive use of the operatic septenarius of the iambic type was finally endorsed.

Origin

early 19th century: from Latin, from septeni 'in sevens', from septem 'seven'.

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