One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A Latin verse line of seven feet, especially a trochaic or iambic tetrameter catalectic, used only in comedy.
- ‘Whether in fact these scenes are the most strongly contrasted in Plautus we do not know without comprehensive examination of all his septenarii.’
- ‘The Epicharmus presented, in trochaic septenarii of the theatrical type, an account of the gods and the physical operations of the universe.’
- ‘In fact here the exclusive use of the operatic septenarius of the iambic type was finally endorsed.’
Early 19th century: from Latin, from septeni ‘in sevens’, from septem ‘seven’.
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