Definition of prosodiac in English:

prosodiac

noun

Prosody 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.

adjective

Prosody Ancient Greek Music
  • Of a hymn: used as a prosodion; processional. Also (of verse): having the form of or constituting a prosodiac.

Origin

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.

Pronunciation

prosodiac

/prɒˈsɒdɪak//prə(ʊ)ˈsɒdɪak/