Definition of tribrach in English:

tribrach

noun

Prosody
  • A metrical foot of three short or unstressed syllables.

    • ‘He knows the difference ‘between a tribrach and a molossus, a sapphic and an alcaic’.’
    • ‘Professor Murray and Mr Dale have recently discussed the treatment of tribrachs in Greek dramatic verse.’
    • ‘He had an instinctive aversion to a succession of short syllables, and even tribrachs are of comparatively rare occurrence.’
    • ‘Two consecutive tribrachs cannot be uttered with propriety without an intervening vocal pause.’

Origin

Late 16th century: via Latin from Greek tribrakhus, from tri- ‘three’ + brakhus ‘short’.

Pronunciation

tribrach

/ˈtrībrak/