- a line of verse containing six metrical feet or measures; specif., the six-foot dactylic line of classical verse, the first four feet of which may be either dactyls or spondees, the fifth a dactyl, and the sixth a spondee or trochee
- verse consisting of hexameters
Origin of hexameterClassical Latin hexameter ; from Classical Greek hexametros: see hexa- and amp; meter
having six metrical feet or measures
- Verse written in lines of six metrical feet, especially classical verse in which the first four feet of each line are either dactylic or spondaic, the fifth dactylic, and the sixth spondaic.
- A single line of such verse.
Origin of hexameterLatin, from Greek hexametros, having six metrical feet : hexa-, hexa- + metron, meter; see meter1.
- hex′a·met′ric , hex′a·met′ri·cal
(countable and uncountable, plural hexameters)
From Ancient Greek ἑξάμετρος (heksametros).