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Syllabification: spon·da·ic
Pronunciation: /spänˈdāik

Definition of spondaic in English:


1Of or concerning spondees.
Example sentences
  • Common metrical patterns in both poetry and music are iambic, trochaic, dactylic, amphibrachic, anapaestic, spondaic, and tribrachic.
1.1(Of a hexameter) having a spondee as its fifth foot.


late 16th century: via French or late Latin from Greek spondeiakos, from spondeios (see spondee).

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