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tribrach Line breaks: tri|brach
Pronunciation: /ˈtrʌɪbrak/

Definition of tribrach in English:


A metrical foot of three short or unstressed syllables.
Example sentences
  • He had an instinctive aversion to a succession of short syllables, and even tribrachs are of comparatively rare occurrence.
  • He knows the difference ‘between a tribrach and a molossus, a sapphic and an alcaic’.
  • Professor Murray and Mr Dale have recently discussed the treatment of tribrachs in Greek dramatic verse.


Pronunciation: /trʌɪˈbrakɪk/ /trɪˈbrakɪk/
Example sentences
  • Common metrical patterns in both poetry and music are iambic, trochaic, dactylic, amphibrachic, anapaestic, spondaic, and tribrachic.
  • The violin line is based on the tribrachic mode (short - short - short).
  • These polyphonists enjoyed a somewhat codified rhythmic system: six patterns roughly aligned with the poetic patterns known as trochaic, iambic, dactylic, anapestic, spondaic, and tribrachic.


Late 16th century: via Latin from Greek tribrakhus, from tri- 'three' + brakhus 'short'.

Words that rhyme with tribrach

rickrack • gimcrack
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