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Choliamb

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Choliamb (Pros) A verse having an iambus in the fifth place, and a spondee in the sixth or last.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n choliamb In prosody, a variety of iambic trimeter with a trochee as the sixth foot instead of the regular iambus. This irregularity produces a kind of limp or halt in the rhythm. Greek and Latin poets used it chiefly in pieces characterized by humorous invective. See scazon.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Choliamb kō′li-amb a variety of iambic trimeter, having a trochee for an iambus as the sixth foot
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. choliambus, Gr. ; lame + an iambus
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—Gr. chōliamboschōlos, lame, iambos, iambus.

Usage

In literature:

Catullus is Martial's chief model for hendecasyllabics and choliambics.
"The Student's Companion to Latin Authors" by George Middleton
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