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.: | ?xplósi?n |)
Origin of amphibrachClassical Latin amphibrachys ; from Gr, 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.
From Latin amphibrachus, from Ancient Greek ἀμϕίβραχυς (amϕibrakhus, “short at both ends”), from ἀμϕί (amϕi) + βραχύς (brakhus, “short”).