dipody

dipody
dipodic /duy pod"ik/, adj.
/dip"euh dee/, n., pl. dipodies. Pros.
a group of two feet, esp., in accentual verse, in which one of the two accented syllables bears primary stress and the other bears secondary stress.
[1835-45; < LL dipodia < Gk: the quality of having two feet, equiv. to dipod- (s. of dípous) two-footed (see DI-1, -POD) + -ia -Y3]

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      in classical prosody, a pair of metrical feet (foot) that is taken as a single unit. Trochaic (trochee), iambic (iamb), and anapestic (anapest) verse are all measured by dipodies. In them a monometer consists of one dipody (or two feet), a dimeter of four feet, a trimeter of six feet, and a tetrameter of eight feet. When trochaic or iambic verse is measured by single feet it is called tripody (three feet), tetrapody (four feet), hexapody (six feet).

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  • Dipody — Dip o*dy, n.; pl. {Dipodies}. [Gr. ?, fr. ? two footed; di = di s twice + ?, ?, foot.] (Pros.) Two metrical feet taken together, or included in one measure. Hadley. [1913 Webster] Trochaic, iambic, and anapestic verses . . . are measured by… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dipody — [dip′ə dē] n. pl. dipodies [LL dipodia < Gr < di , twice + pous (gen. podos), FOOT] Prosody a metrical unit consisting of two feet dipodic [dī päd′ik] adj …   English World dictionary

  • dipody — noun (plural dies) Etymology: Late Latin dipodia, from Greek, from dipod , dipous having two feet, from di + pod , pous Date: circa 1844 a prosodic unit or measure of two feet • dipodic adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • dipody — См. dipodìa …   Пятиязычный словарь лингвистических терминов

  • dipody — noun a poetic unit of two feet …   Wiktionary

  • dipody — n. unit of poetry consisting of two metrical feet; two feet in stressed verse …   English contemporary dictionary

  • dipody — dip·o·dy …   English syllables

  • dipody — dip•o•dy [[t]ˈdɪp ə di[/t]] n. pl. dies pro a prosodic group of two feet • Etymology: 1835–45; < LL dipodia < Gk dipodia=dipod (s. of dípous) two footed (see di I, pod) + ia y III di•pod•ic daɪˈpɒd ɪk adj …   From formal English to slang

  • dipody — /ˈdɪpədi/ (say dipuhdee) noun (plural dipodies) a group of two metrical feet. {di 1 + pod + y3} …   Australian-English dictionary

  • dipody —   n. verse measure of two feet; dimeter …   Dictionary of difficult words

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