1Of or concerning spondees.
- ‘Common metrical patterns in both poetry and music are iambic, trochaic, dactylic, amphibrachic, anapaestic, spondaic, and tribrachic.’
- 1.1 (of a hexameter) having a spondee as its fifth foot.
Late 16th century: via French or late Latin from Greek spondeiakos, from spondeios (see spondee).
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