One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A pair of verse lines; a couplet.
stanza, strophe, stave, cantoView synonyms
- ‘The resulting text is more a series of distichs than a connected poem.’
- ‘He goes on to extol especially the epigrammatic power of the elegiac distich by translating numerous specimens from the elegiac writings of Goethe and Schiller.’
- ‘He also wrote numerous poems in elegiac distichs.’
- ‘To these we may add the nine notebook lines ‘Ad Vilmum Axiologum’ written somewhat later in 1805, and the distich on ‘The Homeric Hexameter,’.’
- ‘Moral advice and edifying sentiments are found in this series of distichs.’
Early 16th century: via Latin from Greek distikhon (metron) ‘(measure) of two lines’, neuter of distikhos, from di- ‘twice’ + stikhos ‘line’.
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