Distichous

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Distichous Disposed in two vertical rows; two-ranked.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • distichous Disposed in two rows; biserial; bifarious; dichotomous; specifically, in botany, arranged alternately in two vertical ranks upon opposite sides of the axis, as the leaves of grasses, elms, etc. Also distich.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Distichous (bot.) arranged in two rows
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. . See Distich (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—Gr. distichosdis, twice, stichos, a line.

Usage

In literature:

The distich had been, read by everybody who came to see me, and my visitors were numerous.
"The Confessions of J. J. Rousseau, Complete" by Jean Jacques Rousseau
Why was the chant arrested at the conclusion of this first distich?
"Ulysses" by James Joyce
What is Italy to the man who cannot share our feelings as we murmur that distich?
"The Emancipated" by George Gissing
Would you like to hear the distich?
"The Sisters, Complete" by Georg Ebers
Having written a distich, in which he compared Augustus to Jupiter, he placed it in the night-time over the gate of the emperor's palace.
"The Lives Of The Twelve Caesars, Complete To Which Are Added, His Lives Of The Grammarians, Rhetoricians, And Poets" by C. Suetonius Tranquillus
You know the vulgar distich among our set.
"Paul Clifford, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
I have scarcely made a single distich since I saw you.
"The Letters of Robert Burns" by Robert Burns
The cells are distichous, and of a very peculiar form, but varying in some degree according to their situation.
"Narrative Of The Voyage Of H.M.S. Rattlesnake, Commanded By The Late Captain Owen Stanley, R.N., F.R.S. Etc. During The Years 1846-1850. Including Discoveries And Surveys In New Guinea, The Louisiade Archipelago, Etc. To Which Is Added The Account Of Mr. E.B. Kennedy's Expedition For The Exploration Of The Cape York Peninsula. By John Macgillivray, F.R.G.S. Naturalist To The Expedition. In Two Volumes. Volume 1." by John MacGillivray
Latin distich and translations, 415.
"Notes & Queries, Index of Volume 1" by Various
A free translation, GORST says, but gives you the swing and the spirit of the distich.
"Punch, Or The London Charivari, Volume 102, July 2, 1892" by Various
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