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Meaning of EPITRITE

 
Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Ep"i*trite\, n. [Gr. ? containing an integer and one
third (i. e., [frac43], or in the ratio of 4 to 3); 'epi`
upon, over + ? the third: cf. L. epitritos, F. ['e]pitrite.]
(Gr. & Lat. Pros.)
A foot consisting of three long syllables and one short
syllable.

Note: It is so called from being compounded of a spondee
      (which contains 4 times) with an iambus or a trochee
      (which contains 3 times). It is called 1st, 2d, 3d, or
      4th epitrite according as the short syllable stands
      1st, 2d, etc.

 

 

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