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1. A half line of verse, especially when separated rhythmically from the rest of the line by a caesura.
2. An incomplete or imperfect line of verse.

[Latin hēmistichium, from Greek hēmistikhion : hēmi-, hemi- + stikhos, line; see steigh- in Indo-European roots.]


(Poetry) prosody a half line of verse


(ˈhɛm ɪˌstɪk)

1. half of a line of verse, esp. as divided by a caesura.
2. an incomplete line of verse, or a line of less than the usual length.
[1565–75; < Late Latin hēmistichium < Greek hēmistíchion. See hemi-, stich]
he•mis•ti•chal (həˈmɪs tɪ kəl, ˈhɛm ɪˌstɪk əl) adj.


[ˈhemɪstɪk] Nhemistiquio m
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