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dis·tich

 (dĭs′tĭk)
n. pl. dis·tichs
1. A unit of verse consisting of two lines, especially as used in Greek and Latin elegiac poetry.
2. A rhyming couplet.

[Latin distichon, from Greek distikhon, from neuter of distikhos, having two rows or verses : di-, two; see di-1 + stikhos, line of verse; see steigh- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]

distich

(ˈdɪstɪk)
n
(Poetry) prosody a unit of two verse lines, usually a couplet
[C16: from Greek distikhos having two lines, from di-1 + stikhos stich]
ˈdistichal adj

dis•tich

(ˈdɪs tɪk)

n.
1. a unit of two lines of verse, usu. a self-contained statement; couplet.
2. a rhyming couplet.
[1545–55; < Latin distichon; see di-1, -stichous]
dis′ti•chal, adj.

distich

a couplet or pair of verses or lines, usually read as a unit.
See also: Verse
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.distich - two items of the same kinddistich - two items of the same kind    
fellow, mate - one of a pair; "he lost the mate to his shoe"; "one eye was blue but its fellow was brown"
2, II, two, deuce - the cardinal number that is the sum of one and one or a numeral representing this number
doubleton - (bridge) a pair of playing cards that are the only cards in their suit in the hand dealt to a player
Translations

distich

[ˈdɪstɪk] Ndístico m
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