Galliambic

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Galliambic (Pros) Consisting of two iambic dimeters catalectic, the last of which lacks the final syllable; -- said of a kind of verse.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • galliambic Constituting a galliambus; consisting of galliambi: an epithet of a variety of Ionic verse said to have first come into use among the Galli or priests of the Phrygian Cybele. See galliambus.
    • n galliambic A galliambus; a verse consisting of four Ionics a minore with variations and substitutions.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Galliambic gal-i-am′bik constituting a galliambus, a verse consisting of four Ionics a minore, with variations and substitutions.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. galliambus, a song used by the priests of Cybele; Gallus,a name applied to these priests) + iambus,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Used by the Galli, priests of the Phrygian goddess Cybele.