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septenarius Line breaks: sep¦ten|ar¦ius
Pronunciation: /ˌsɛptɪˈnɛːrɪəs/

Definition of septenarius in English:

noun (plural septenarii ˌsɛptɪˈnɛːrɪʌɪ)

A verse line of seven feet, especially a trochaic or iambic tetrameter catalectic.
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.


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

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