trochee

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Borrowed from French trochée, from the Latin trochaeus, from the Ancient Greek τροχαῖος (trokhaîos).

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trochee (plural trochees)

  1. A metrical foot in verse consisting of a stressed syllable followed by an unstressed syllable.
    • 2016, Ian McEwan, Nutshell, Vintage, page 152:
      ‘He made us read James Fenton on the genius of the trochee.’

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