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dithyramb


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Dithyramb  \Dith"y*ramb\,  n.  [L.  dithyrambus,  Gr  ?  a  kind  of 
  lyric  poetry  in  honor  of  Bacchus;  also  a  name  of  Bacchus;  of 
  unknown  origin:  cf  F.  dithyrambe.] 
  A  kind  of  lyric  poetry  in  honor  of  Bacchus,  usually  sung  by  a 
  band  of  revelers  to  a  flute  accompaniment;  hence  in  general, 
  a  poem  written  in  a  wild  irregular  strain.  --Bentley. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  dithyramb 
  n  :  a  passionate  poem  of  irregular  form 




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