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hexameter


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Hexameter  \Hex*am"e*ter\,  n.  [L.,  fr  Gr  ?  of  six  meters;  (sc. 
  ?)  hexameter  verse;  "e`x  six  +  ?  measure:  cf  F. 
  hexam[`e]tre.  See  {Six},  and  {Meter}.]  (Gr.  &  Lat.  Pros.) 
  A  verse  of  six  feet,  the  first  four  of  which  may  be  either 
  dactyls  or  spondees,  the  fifth  must  regularly  be  a  dactyl, 
  and  the  sixth  always  a  spondee.  In  this  species  of  verse  are 
  composed  the  Iliad  of  Homer  and  the  [AE]neid  of  Virgil.  In 
  English  hexameters  accent  takes  the  place  of  quantity. 
 
  Leaped  like  the  |  roe  when  he  |  hears  in  the  |  woodland 
  the  |  voice  of  the  |  huntsman.  --Longfellow. 
 
  Strongly  it  |  bears  us  a-  |  long  on  |  swelling  and  | 
  limitless  |  billows,  Nothing  be-  |  fore  and  |  nothing 
  be-  |  hind  but  the  |  sky  and  the  |  ocean.  --Coleridge. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Hexameter  \Hex*am"e*ter\,  a. 
  Having  six  metrical  feet,  especially  dactyls  and  spondees. 
  --Holland. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  hexameter 
  n  :  a  verse  line  having  six  metrical  feet 




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