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 stikhom&umacron;thia, from stikhom&umacron;thein, to speak in alternating lines : stikhos, stich; see steigh- in Indo-European roots + m&umacron;thos, speech.
Modern Latin, from Ancient Greek ÏƒÏ„Î¹Ï‡Î¿Î¼Ï…Î¸Î¯Î± (ÏƒÏ„Î¯Ï‡Î¿Ï‚ "˜line of verse' + Î¼á¿¦Î¸Î¿Ï‚ "˜speech').