double dactyl

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double dactyl

n.
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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He plays an instrument called the ukulele banjo, knows more limericks (all delivered with that signature British accent) than anyone should ever commit to memory, has been known to exchange something called double dactyls with friends.
In double dactyls now, the birds, and an ant successfully drags a chestnut.
In the February Word Ways, Don Hauptman's article on double dactyls inspired Fred Cookinham to put the rules for double dactyls into a double dactyl.
Here is a case I call "The Double Dactyl Literary Mystery." It begins with James Whitcomb Riley writing a poem titled "Wrangdillon" (ca 1873).