stichomythia[stik′ə mit̸h′ē ə]
dialogue in brief, alternate lines, as in ancient Greek drama
Origin of stichomythiaClassical Greek ; from stichos, a line (see stile) + mythos, speech, myth
A form of verbal sparring used especially in ancient Greek drama or poetry, in which single lines of verse or parts of lines are spoken by alternate speakers.
Origin of stichomythiaGreek stikhomūthiā, from stikhomūthein, to speak in alternating lines : stikhos, stich; see steigh- in Indo-European roots + mūthos, speech.
Modern Latin, from Ancient Greek στιχομυθία (στίχος ‘line of verse’ + μῦθος ‘speech’).