One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Designating a classical metre in which feet not metrically equivalent to the normal ones may be substituted for them; having many metres.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in The Century Dictionary. From Hellenistic Greek πολυσχήματος composed of various metres (from ancient Greek πολυ- + σχηματ-, σχῆμα) + -ic.
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