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paeon Line breaks: paeon
Pronunciation: /ˈpiːən/

Definition of paeon in English:

noun

A metrical foot of one long syllable and three short syllables in any order.
Example sentences
  • Still, the first paeon can be heard as a regular, distinct element, especially in the first version of the poem.
  • Take notice that the outriding feet are not to be confused with dactyls or paeons, though sometimes the line might be scanned either way.

Origin

Early 17th century: via Latin from Greek paiōn, the Attic form of paian 'hymn of thanksgiving to Apollo' (see paean).

Derivatives

paeonic

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Pronunciation: /piːˈɒnɪk/
adjective
Example sentences
  • Here, Hopkins contrasts smoother ‘falling paeonic rhythms’ with more heavily stressed ‘sprung and outriding’ rhythm.

Words that rhyme with paeon

Actaeon, Aegean, aeon (US eon), Augean, Behan, Cadmean, Caribbean, Carolean, Chaldean, Cyclopean, empyrean, epicurean, European, Fijian, Galilean, Hasmonean, Hebridean, Herculean, Ian, Jacobean, Kampuchean, Laodicean, lien, Linnaean (US Linnean), Maccabean, Mandaean (US Mandean), Medicean, monogenean, Nabataean (US Nabatean), Orphean, paean, pean, peon, Periclean, piscean, plebeian, Pyrenean, Pythagorean, Sabaean, Sadducean, Sisyphean, skean, Tanzanian, Tennesseean, Terpsichorean, theodicean, Tyrolean

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