or am·oe·bae·an  (ăm′ə-bē′ən)
Of or relating to verse in which the voices of two characters alternate regularly.

[From Late Latin amoebaeus, from Greek amoibaios, from amoibē, change; see amoeba.]
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As for earlier critics, Alpers creates from the very beginning, with his correction of Irving Howe's misremembering of the Primo Levi anecdote, a critical amoebean, the responsive agon of the shepherd-singers, playing his own song in the body of the text against the footnoted work of earlier interpreters of the pastoral mode.
amoebean verse Greek amoibaiosinterchanging, reciprocating