anapestic

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an·a·pest

also an·a·paest  (ăn′ə-pĕst′)
n.
1. A metrical foot composed of two unaccented syllables followed by one accented one, as in the word seventeen.
2. A metrical foot in quantitative verse composed of two short syllables followed by one long one.

[Latin anapaestus, from Greek anapaistos : ana-, ana- + paiein, pais-, to strike (so called because an anapest is a reversed dactyl); see pau- in Indo-European roots.]

an′a·pes′tic adj.
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Adj.1.anapestic - (of a metric foot) characterized by two short syllables followed by a long one