(also dissyllabic /ˌdɪsɪˈlabɪk/)
- 1(Of a word or metrical foot) consisting of two syllables.More example sentences
- A disyllable or disyllabic word has two syllables, a trisyllable or trisyllabic word has three.
- Occasionally two disyllabic feet occur in succession.
- I think I'll stick to monosyllabic and disyllabic words today.
- 1.1(Of a bird’s characteristic call) consisting of two distinct sounds, such as the call of the cuckoo.More example sentences
- Treeswifts calls have been described as a squeal, with a few syllables grouped together to form a disyllabic or trisyllabic call.
- I wish this bird would do something more characteristic of Hume's, like an upward inflecting or disyllabic call, but it doesn't.
mid 17th century: from French dissyllabique, via Latin from Greek disullabos 'of two syllables'.
More definitions of disyllabicDefinition of disyllabic in:
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