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 (kôr′ē-ămb′, -ăm′)
A metrical foot consisting of a trochee followed by an iamb, much used in Greek and Latin poetry.

[Late Latin choriambus, from Greek khoriambos : khoreios, trochee (from khoros, chorus; see chorus) + iambos, iamb.]

cho′ri·am′bic (-ăm′bĭk) adj.
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Any number of other choriambic adjectives or participles, typical of hexameter enjambment, could have been used as connecting links, for example, athanaton (used at Theogony 942 of Dionysus), which would add emphasis to his divine nature, or, proleptically, kissokomen (used at Homeric Hymn 26.
3); the elision of iambic words, and the extremely rare elision of choriambic words (2.
For example, choriambic dimeter has the form - U U - | U - U - ; glyconic takes the form UUU | - U U - | U - .
It is the choriambic movement that enacts the fineness of the touch.
von Goethe's Pandora (which is written in choriambic dimeter) and in Algernon Charles Swinburne's Choriambics.
15) The first way of approaching the meter is interesting because Hopkins will later take it up under the name "counterpoint," but the second is more relevant to Tennyson because the Latin meter is largely defined by its second foot, the choriambic nucleus.
It consists either of the aeolic pattern | UUU U- - U | - U U - in which four variable syllables precede the choriambic nucleus (- U U -) and create what is called choriambic dimeter, or the same pattern lacking the final syllable (catalectic).
He notes Tennyson's innovative incorporation of the Greek choriambic (/u u/) into his alcaics in "The Daisy," marks Tennyson's invention of a new meter in "To the Master of Balliol" (the prefatory poem to "The Death of Oenone"), and usefully situates Tennyson's experimentation with alcaics in an English tradition encompassing Mary Herbert, Countess of Pembroke, Marvell, Milton, and Clough.