Priapean

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Priapean (Lat. Pros) A species of hexameter verse so constructed as to be divisible into two portions of three feet each, having generally a trochee in the first and the fourth foot, and an amphimacer in the third; -- applied also to a regular hexameter verse when so constructed as to be divisible into two portions of three feet each.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • priapean Of or pertaining to Priapus.
    • priapean In ancient prosody, noting a certain verse or meter. See the noun.
    • priapean [lowercase] Having a priapism.
    • n priapean In ancient prosody, a logaœdic meter consisting of a catalectic Glyconic and a Pherecratean. It assumes the following forms: The name was given by ancient writers to the second and third of these forms, but especially to the second with initial spondee in each colon. This was regarded by many as a variation of a dactylic hexameter with a spondee in the first, fourth, and sixth places, a diæresis being made after the third foot and the preceding syllable lengthened: thus, See Satyric.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. L. Priapeius, pertaining to Priapus