amphibrach

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin amphibrachus, from Ancient Greek ἀμϕίβραχυς (amϕíbrakhus, short at both ends), from ἀμϕί (amϕí) + βραχύς (brakhús, short).

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amphibrach (plural amphibrachs)

  1. (prosody) A metrical foot in ancient Greek or Latin consisting of two short syllables surrounding one long one (e.g. amāta).
  2. (prosody) A metrical foot in modern prosody, consisting of three syllables, the middle one of which is stressed (e.g. Jamaica).
    • 1969, Vladimir Nabokov, Ada or Ardor, Penguin 2011, page 322:
      Then Banoffsky launched into Glinka's great amphibrachs [...]: Subside, agitation of passion!

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