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n. pl. dip·o·dies
1. In classical Greek and Latin poetry, a prosodic unit consisting of two feet.
2. In English poetry, a prosodic unit consisting usually of two iambs or two trochees and scanned as containing one primary and one secondary stress.

[Late Latin dipodia, from Greek dipodiā, from dipous, two-footed : di-, two; see di-1 + pous, pod-, foot; see -pod.]
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n, pl -dies
(Poetry) prosody a metrical unit consisting of two feet
[C19: from Late Latin dipodia, from Greek di-1 + pous foot]
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(ˈdɪp ə di)

n., pl. -dies.
a prosodic group of two feet.
[1835–45; < Late Latin dipodia < Greek dipodia=dipod- (s. of dípous) two-footed (see di-1, -pod) + -ia -y3]
di•pod•ic (daɪˈpɒd ɪk) adj.
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a double foot; a pair of similar feet comprising a metrical unit. — dipodic, adj.
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Nowhere does Hopkins mention the use of secondary stresses as a feature of sprung rhythm, and his early practice of the rhythm most certainly does not make use of dipodies. Stephenson conjectures that Hopkins may have consciously identified what he unconsciously practiced when he learned about the (later nineteenth-century version of the) prosodic principles of Anglo-Saxon poetry, but there is no evidence for this claim.
Trochaic, iambic, and anapestic verse are all measured by dipodies. In them, a monometer consists of one dipody (or two feet), a dimeter of four feet, a trimeter of six feet, and a tetrameter of eight feet.