double dactyl(redirected from Double Dactyls)
A humorous rhymed verse in two quatrains of dactylic dimeter, usually having two nonsense words as the first line, the name of a person as the second line, and a hexasyllabic word somewhere in the second quatrain. Also called higgledy-piggledy.
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