choliamb


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choliamb

(ˈkəʊlɪˌæmb)
n
an imperfect iambic metre, with a spondee as the last foot
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46), which Prittwitz-Gaffron adduces,(17) has a very similar ring; and it is along these lines that we should interpret the choliamb of Cercidas of Megalopolis (fr.
The choliambs or lame iambics--iambic verse with a long syllable in place of the last expected short one--reflect the period's interest in reviving obsolete metres, he says, and the use of dialect as a source of novel effects was also typical of poetry by his contemporaries.