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A mime written in iambic verse, a genre invented by the Hellenistic poet Herodas.
Early 18th century; earliest use found in Phillips's New World of Words. From Latin *mīmiambus, inferred singular of classical Latin mīmiambī, plural from Hellenistic Greek μιμίαμβοι, plural from ancient Greek μῖμος + ἴαμβοι, plural of ἴαμβος.
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