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Designating a logaoedic metre or verse consisting of three feet, normally a spondee, dactyl, and spondee (or trochee), but admitting of some variations.
A Pherecratean metre or verse.
Late 18th century. From post-classical Latin Pherecratius, designating a metre used by the poet Pherecrates + -an; in form pherecratean with ending remodelled after -ean.
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