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nounProsody Ancient Greek Music
A form of ancient Greek verse, used especially in processional hymns, consisting of three anapaests, for the first of which a spondee or iambus may be substituted.
adjectiveProsody Ancient Greek Music
Of a hymn: used as a prosodion; processional. Also (of verse): having the form of or constituting a prosodiac.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Philemon Holland (1552–1637), translator. From French prosodiaque (1572 or earlier as noun, 1768 or earlier as adjective) and its etymon post-classical Latin prosodiacus relating to a procession, designating a form of verse (3rd cent.) from Hellenistic Greek προσοδιακός (also προσοδιακόν, denoting the verse, use as noun (short for προσοδιακὸν μέτρον) of neuter of the adjective) from ancient Greek προσόδιον + -ακός.
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