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 (kôr′ē-ămb′, -ăm′)
A metrical foot consisting of a trochee followed by an iamb, much used in Greek and Latin poetry.

[Late Latin choriambus, from Greek khoriambos : khoreios, trochee (from khoros, chorus; see chorus) + iambos, iamb.]

cho′ri·am′bic (-ăm′bĭk) adj.


(ˈkɒrɪˌæmb) or


n, pl -ambs or -ambi (-ˈæmbaɪ)
(Poetry) prosody a metrical foot used in classical verse consisting of four syllables, two short ones between two long ones (—‿‿—)
[C19: from Late Latin choriambus, from Greek khoriambos, from khoreios trochee, of a chorus, from khoros chorus]
ˌchoriˈambic adj
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The weary languor of the first three roughly iambic lines gives way to one of the first of the poet's paradisal incantations in Greek lyric meters grouping syllables around a central choriamb, that is, the four-syllable foot - -.
As a rule a word like "metrification," whose base stress contour (SWWSW) resembles a choriamb [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED], is difficult to place in strict iambic verse anywhere other than the beginning of the line (with a trochaic inversion).
Although the choriamb is an "isolable element" in these cola, (31) it is not repeated in Euripides as it is in Robinson's verse or in longer Greek lines like lesser and greater asclepiads (the latter is close enough to Robinson's meter that it would seem to be her model).
She's just a registered nurse, I know, I know, but I have her sashay, grind and bump, register Alcaics, Sapphics, choriambs (my predilection).