Definition of septenarius in English:


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

noun (plural septenarii /-rɪʌɪ/)

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