Definition of paroemiac in US English:

paroemiac

noun

  • Ancient Greek Prosody. The short line with which an anapaestic system usually ends.

adjective

  • Ancient Greek Prosody. Of, relating to, or designating verse which ends with a paroemiac.

Origin

Late 17th century; earliest use found in Richard Bentley (1662–1742), philologist and classical scholar. As noun from Hellenistic Greek παροιμιακόν the short line with which an anapaestic system usually ends, use as noun (short for παροιμιακὸν μέτρον) of neuter of παροιμιακός (adjective); as adjective from Hellenistic Greek παροιμιακός proverbial from ancient Greek παροιμία + -ακός.

Pronunciation

paroemiac

/pəˈriːmɪak/