epode definition by Webster's New World
- a form of lyric poem, as of Horace, in which a short line follows a longer one
- the stanza that follows the strophe and antistrophe in a Pindaric or ancient Greek ode
Origin: Middle French épode ; from Classical Latin epodos ; from Classical Greek epōidos, incantation, literally , song sung after ; from epi-, upon, after plush aeidein, to sing: see ode
epode definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A lyric poem characterized by couplets formed by a long line followed by a shorter one.
- The third division of the triad of a Pindaric ode, having a different or contrasting form from that of the strophe and antistrophe.
- The part of a choral ode in classical Greek drama following the strophe and antistrophe and sung while the chorus is standing still.
Origin: Latin epōdos, a type of lyric poem, from Greek epōidos, sung after, from epaeidein, epāidein, to sing after : epi-, epi- + aeidein, to sing; see wed-2 in Indo-European roots.