half a line of verse, esp., either half created by the chief caesura, or rhythmic pause in the middle of a line
Origin of hemistichClassical Latin hemistichium ; from Classical Greek h?mistichion ; from h?mi, half + stichos, a row, line, verse: see stich
- A half line of verse, especially when separated rhythmically from the rest of the line by a caesura.
- An incomplete or imperfect line of verse.
Origin of hemistichLatin hēmistichium, from Greek hēmistikhion : hēmi-, hemi- + stikhos, line; see steigh- in Indo-European roots.