• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Epode (Poet) The after song; the part of a lyric ode which follows the strophe and antistrophe, -- the ancient ode being divided into strophe, antistrophe, and epode.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n epode In ancient prosody: A third and metrically different system subjoined to two systems (the strophe and antistrophe) which are metrically identical or corresponsive, and forming with them one pericope or group of systems.
    • n epode A shorter colon, subjoined to a longer colon, and constituting one period with it; especially, such a colon, as a separate line or verse, forming either the second line of a distich or the final line of a system or stanza. As the closing verse of a system, sometimes called ephymnium.
    • n epode A poem consisting of such distichs. Archilochus (about 700 b. c.) first introduced these. The Epodes of Horace are a collection of poems so called because mostly composed in epodic distichs.
    • n epode Specifically In music, a refrain or burden.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Epode ep′ōd a kind of lyric poem invented by Archilochus, in which a longer verse is followed by a shorter one: the last part of a lyric ode, sung after the strophe and antistrophe
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. epodos, Gr. , fr. , adj., singing to, sung or said after, fr. to sing to; 'epi` upon, to + to sing: cf. F. épode,. See Ode
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. epōdosepi, on, ōdē, an ode.


In literature:

This lofty rhyme is built up of strophes, anti-strophes, and an epode.
"Punchinello, Vol. II., Issue 31, October 29, 1870" by Various
Euge bene, no need, Dousa epod.
"The Anatomy of Melancholy" by Democritus Junior
So in the well-known passage of Horace, Epod.
"Cato Maior de Senectute" by Marcus Tullius Cicero
Horace, in the "Epodes," scoffs at it, but not without horror.
"On the Old Road, Vol. 2 (of 2)" by John Ruskin
"Cattle and Cattle-breeders" by William M'Combie
See Horace, "Epodes," ix.
"Plutarch's Morals" by Plutarch
The Odes and Epodes of Horace.
"Reminiscences of Forts Sumter and Moultrie in 1860-'61" by Abner Doubleday
Horace's poems are of two kinds; of one kind the Satires and Epistles, of another the Odes and Epodes.
"Horace" by William Tuckwell
The Ode and Epode, the Strophe and the Antistrophe, he laughs to scorn.
"Hazlitt on English Literature" by Jacob Zeitlin
He was also the first to make use of the arrangement of verses called the epode.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 4" by Various