Definition of amphibrach in English:

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amphibrach

Pronunciation: /ˈamfəˌbrak/

noun

Prosody
A metrical foot consisting of a stressed syllable between two unstressed syllables or (in Greek and Latin) a long syllable between two short syllables.
Example sentences
  • Yet trochees are actually in a minority here: the first and third line of each stanza is composed of a trochee and two iambs, while the second and fourth are composed of a trochee and an amphibrach.
  • Outside the limerick form, amphibrachs used to be quite rare in English language verse.
  • It seemed the answer was not strict anapests or dactyls or even amphibrachs but a looser sense of the line altogether, with room to gallop and stop short at will.

Origin

Late 16th century (originally in the Latin forms amphibrachus, amphibrachys): via Latin from Greek amphibrakhus 'short at both ends'.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: am·phi·brach

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