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