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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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dipody Greek dipodia, a derivative of dipoustwo-footed, from di- two + pod-, pousfoot
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.
monometer A rare form of verse in which each line consists of a single metrical unit (a foot or dipody).