a. with two syllables lacking from end; n. such verse line

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  • Brachycatalectic — Brach y*cat a*lec tic, n. [Gr. ?; brachy s short + ? to leave off; cf. ? incomplete.] (Gr. & Last. Pros.) A verse wanting two syllables at its termination. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • brachycatalectic — brachy·catalectic …   English syllables

  • brachycatalectic — |brakē+ adjective Etymology: Greek brachykatalēktos (from brachy + assumed katalēktos, verbal of katalēgein to leave off, stop, from kata cata + lēgein to stop, cease, leave off) + English ic; akin to Greek lagaros slack, thin more at slack …   Useful english dictionary

  • Catalectic — A catalectic line is a metrically incomplete line of verse, lacking a syllable at the end or ending with an incomplete foot.Making a meter cataletic can drastically change the feeling of the poem, and is often used to achieve a certain… …   Wikipedia

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