a metrical foot consisting, in Greek and Latin verse, of one long syllable between two short ones, or, in English verse, of one accented syllable between two unaccented ones (Ex.: |ĕxplósiŏn|)
Origin of amphibrachClassical Latin amphibrachys ; from Classical Greek literally , short before and after ; from amphi-, amphi- + brachys, short: see merry
A trisyllabic metrical foot having one accented or long syllable between two unaccented or short syllables, as in the word remember.
Origin of amphibrachLatin amphibrachys, from Greek amphibrakhus : amphi-, amphi- + brakhus, short; see mregh-u- in Indo-European roots.
- (prosody) A metrical foot in ancient Greek or Latin consisting of two short syllables surrounding one long one (e.g. amāta).
- (prosody) A metrical foot in modern prosody, consisting of three syllables, the middle one of which is stressed (e.g. Jamaica).
From Latin amphibrachus, from Ancient Greek ἀμϕίβραχυς (amϕibrakhus, “short at both ends”), from ἀμϕί (amϕi) + βραχύς (brakhus, “short”).