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1. A lyric poem characterized by distichs formed by a long line followed by a shorter one.
2. The third division of the triad of a Pindaric ode, having a different or contrasting form from that of the strophe and antistrophe.
3. The part of a choral ode in classical Greek drama following the strophe and antistrophe and sung while the chorus is standing still.
[Latin epōdos, a type of lyric poem, from Greek epōidos, sung after, from epaeidein, epāidein, to sing after : epi-, epi- + aeidein, to sing; see wed- in Indo-European roots.]
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1. (Poetry) the part of a lyric ode that follows the strophe and the antistrophe
2. (Poetry) a type of lyric poem composed of couplets in which a long line is followed by a shorter one, invented by Archilochus
[C16: via Latin from Greek epōidos a singing after, from epaidein to sing after, from aidein to sing]
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1. a classical lyric poem in which a long line is followed by a short one.
2. the part of an ode following the strophe and the antistrophe.
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