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1. A half line of verse, especially when separated rhythmically from the rest of the line by a caesura.
2. An incomplete or imperfect line of verse.
[Latin hēmistichium, from Greek hēmistikhion : hēmi-, hemi- + stikhos, line; see steigh- in Indo-European roots.]
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(Poetry) prosody a half line of verse
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1. half of a line of verse, esp. as divided by a caesura.
2. an incomplete line of verse, or a line of less than the usual length.
he•mis•ti•chal (həˈmɪs tɪ kəl, ˈhɛm ɪˌstɪk əl) adj.
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