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In quantitative verse, a foot of one long syllable and three short syllables occurring in any order.
[Latin paeōn, from Greek paiōn, from paiān, paiōn, paean; see paean.]
(Poetry) prosody a metrical foot of four syllables, with one long one and three short ones in any order
[C17: via Latin paeon from Greek paiōn; variant of paean]
pae•on(ˈpi ən, -ɒn)
(in classical prosody) a foot of one long and three short syllables in any order.
[1595–1605; < Latin paeōn < Greek paiṓn; see paean]