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A word or metrical foot consisting of two syllables.
- ‘The call, sometimes preceded by a single note, was a repeated series of disyllables, the second syllable stressed.’
- ‘A disyllable or disyllabic word has two syllables, a trisyllable or trisyllabic word has three.’
- ‘The second, with its mixture of monosyllables and disyllables - listen, walking, chamber - sustains the alliterative flourish of Melting melodious words.’
- ‘Note that this is exponentially worse than the Manning Henkel problem, since there are not two but four dissyllables to conjure with.’
Late 16th century: alteration (influenced by syllable) of French disyllabe, via Latin from Greek disullabos ‘of two syllables’, from di- ‘two’ + sullabē ‘syllable’.
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