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A poem or epigram consisting of a single metrical line; such a line as part of a dialogue of alternating single lines.
Consisting of a single line of verse, especially as part of a passage or collection of such lines.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in Timothy Kendall (fl. 1572–1577), translator and poet. From post-classical Latin monostichum, monostichon or its etymon Hellenistic Greek μονόστιχον, use as noun of neuter of μονόστιχος (adjective) consisting of one verse from ancient Greek μονο- + στίχος. Compare French monostiche, monostique<br>mid 17th century; earliest use found in Thomas Blount (1618–1679), antiquary and lexicographer. From Hellenistic Greek μονόστιχος. Compare French monostiche.
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