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 (pē′ən, -ŏn′)
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]
paeˈonic adj


(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]
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The son of Tydeus speared Agastrophus son of Paeon in the hip-joint with his spear.
As he spoke he began stripping the spoils from the son of Paeon, but Alexandrus husband of lovely Helen aimed an arrow at him, leaning against a pillar of the monument which men had raised to Ilus son of Dardanus, a ruler in days of old.
He was praying--raising his voice in thanksgiving at our deliverance--and had just completed a sort of paeon of gratitude that the thing couldn't climb a tree when without warning it reared up beneath him on its enormous tail and hind feet, and reached those fearfully armed paws quite to the branch upon which he crouched.
The honey-steward who taught Apian mirrors Aelred's father in religion, Bernard of Clairvaux, the Mellifluous Doctor who wrote a Song of Songs commentary, reflected in the name Paeon.
Chapter one begins with a version of his published article arguing that a specific version of the Ariadne story, derived from a certain Paeon of Amathus (FGrH 757 F2) via Plutarch's Theseus (20.
2) In his presidential address to the MLA, entitled "Humanism and Heroism," Said delivered a paeon to the labors of the pen, again in a pointedly humanistic register.