One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A verse or line consisting of five metrical feet; a sequence of five metrical feet in a verse.
Mid 19th century. From German Pentapodie from ancient Greek πεντα- + ποδ-, πούς foot + -ία; compare ancient Greek πεντέπους, Hellenistic Greek πεντάπους (adjective) of five feet, five feet long.
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