Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- archilochian Pertaining to Archilochus, a Greek poet of Paros, noted for the bitterness and severity of his satire.
- archilochian Severe; ill-natured: as, Archilochian bitterness.
- archilochian In ancient prosody, noting four stanzas— A dactylic hexameter alternating with a penthemim (called a lesser Archilochian) or
- archilochian with an iambelegus.
- archilochian An iambic trimeter alternating with an elegiambus.
- archilochian A verse consisting of four dactyls and three trochees (called a greater Archilochian) alternating with an iambic trimeter catalectic.
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
- adj Archilochian är-ki-lō′ki-an pertaining to the Greek lyric poet Archilochus of Paros (714-676 B.C.), the supposed originator of iambic metre, noted for the bitterness of his satire—hence the proverbial phrases, 'Archilochian bitterness' and 'Parian verse:' a lesser Archilochian verse = a dactylic hexameter alternating with a penthemim; a greater Archilochian, a verse consisting of four dactyls and three trochees.