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n. pl. dis·tichs
1. A unit of verse consisting of two lines, especially as used in Greek and Latin elegiac poetry.
2. A rhyming couplet.

[Latin distichon, from Greek distikhon, from neuter of distikhos, having two rows or verses : di-, two; see di-1 + stikhos, line of verse; see steigh- in Indo-European roots.]


(Poetry) prosody a unit of two verse lines, usually a couplet
[C16: from Greek distikhos having two lines, from di-1 + stikhos stich]
ˈdistichal adj


(ˈdɪs tɪk)

1. a unit of two lines of verse, usu. a self-contained statement; couplet.
2. a rhyming couplet.
[1545–55; < Latin distichon; see di-1, -stichous]
dis′ti•chal, adj.


a couplet or pair of verses or lines, usually read as a unit.
See also: Verse
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.distich - two items of the same kinddistich - two items of the same kind    
fellow, mate - one of a pair; "he lost the mate to his shoe"; "one eye was blue but its fellow was brown"
2, II, two, deuce - the cardinal number that is the sum of one and one or a numeral representing this number
doubleton - (bridge) a pair of playing cards that are the only cards in their suit in the hand dealt to a player


[ˈdɪstɪk] Ndístico m
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Do you know that he made this distich against the Jesuits?
Was it worth while, in short, noble Porthos, to heap so much gold, and not have even the distich of a poor poet engraven upon thy monument?
should be remitted to the epitaph writer, or to some poet who may condescend to hitch him in a distich, or to slide him into a rhime with an air of carelessness and neglect, without giving any offence to the reader.
68) Thus the Distichs of Cato frequently accompanied Aesop's Fables as a vehicle for rudimentary instruction in Latin: selections copied by hand must have circulated in New Spain, before editions by Nebrija and Erasmus became available.
It is these same stones that the poet addressed two years later in the opening distichs of his Romische Elegien (published 1795; Goethe 1: 157-73): "Saget, Steine, mir an, o sprecht, ihr hohen Palaste
Owing to their high quality and the poetic forms applied, for instance, Sapphic stanzas and elegiac distichs, they were most likely skilful humanistic poets.
In the classical and Byzantine tradition elegiac distichs were normally not used for lengthy poems.
Paradoxist Distichs are easy to read and consume less time of the reader.
Further structural options include a distribution of lines in quatrains and tercets with two turns for each character (4x+4y+ 3x+3y); in distichs and tercets with three turns (2x+2y+2x+2y+3x+3y); a line for each verse with seven turns; and finally one in which each verse contains a full dialogic unit, multiplying the turns to fourteen.
to a series of striking lines or distichs, each of which absorbing the whole attention of the reader to itself disjoins it from its context, and makes it a separate whole, instead of an harmonizing part" (2:14).
1 the narrative is limited to lines 1 (arma) to 26 (Amor), as the last two distichs comprise a resolution and an invocation.