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Variant of iamb.


(ˈaɪ æm, ˈaɪ æmb)

a prosodic foot of two syllables, a short followed by a long in quantitative meter, or an unstressed followed by a stressed in accentual meter, as in Come live / with me / and be / my love.
[1835–45; short for iambus]
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Noun1.iambus - a metrical unit with unstressed-stressed syllables
metrical foot, metrical unit, foot - (prosody) a group of 2 or 3 syllables forming the basic unit of poetic rhythm
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12) Even composing in the same genre, Callimachus modifies Hipponactean yogo~ in his programmatic Iambus 1.
High the jugal line would jut, and mortal holes gape where once there had been the iambus of a wink, a dust of flowers sifted through his ribs" (68).