catalectic

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin catalecticus, from Ancient Greek καταληκτικός ‎(katalēktikós, leaving off, incomplete) from κατά ‎(katá, down, wholly) + ληκτικός ‎(lēktikós, causing to stop)

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catalectic

  1. (poetry) Said of a line with incomplete meter, lacking a syllable at the end or ending with an incomplete foot.
  2. incomplete; partial; not affecting the whole of a substance
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Abney to this entry?)

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