anapaest


noun Prosody.

  1. a foot of three syllables, two short followed by one long in quantitative meter, and two unstressed followed by one stressed in accentual meter, as in for the nonce.

noun

  1. prosody a metrical foot of three syllables, the first two short, the last long (◡ ◡ –)
n.

also anapaest, “two short syllables followed by a long one,” 1670s, from Latin anapestus, from Greek anapaistos “struck back, rebounding,” verbal adjective from anapaiein “to strike back,” from ana- “back” (see ana-) + paiein “to strike,” from PIE *pau- “to cut, strike, stamp” (see pave). So called because it reverses the dactyl.

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