distich

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n distich two items of the same kind
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Distich Disposed in two vertical rows; two-ranked.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • distich Having two rows: same as distichous.
    • n distich In prosody, a group or system of two lines or verses. A familiar example is the elegiac distich. (See elegiac.) A distich in modern and riming poetry is more generally called a couplet.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Distich dis′tik a couple of lines or verses, making complete sense: a couplet
    • adj Distich having two rows
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. . See Distich (n.)

Usage

In literature:

Distichous: applied to antennae when lateral processes originate at the apices of the joints and bend forward at acute angles to them.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
Leaves are somewhat distichous.
"A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses" by Rai Bahadur K. Ranga Achariyar
The coquettish bishop, Venantius Fortunatus, has a distich on the subject.
"Notes and Queries, Number 211, November 12, 1853" by Various
The chief forms of verse used are the elegiac distich (most frequent), scazons, and hendecasyllabics.
"The Student's Companion to Latin Authors" by George Middleton
In the line, 'The grey hairs yet stack to the heft,' all the gruesomeness of murder is compressed into a distich.
"Robert Burns" by Gabriel Setoun
With a distich Sappho emancipated it.
"Historia Amoris: A History of Love, Ancient and Modern" by Edgar Saltus
I recall from one of these a distich of some merit.
"Reminiscences, 1819-1899" by Julia Ward Howe
My infant tears a sort of measure kept, I squal'd in Distichs, and in Triplets wept.
"The Man of Taste" by James Bramston
Hence such sayings as the "Tota jacet Babylon" of the distich.
"An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine" by John Henry Cardinal Newman
His distichs are like theatrical gestures; he feels the sweep of his toga as he rounds them off.
"Three Philosophical Poets" by George Santayana
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