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Variant of iamb.
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(ˈaɪ æm, ˈaɪ æmb)

a prosodic foot of two syllables, a short followed by a long in quantitative meter, or an unstressed followed by a stressed in accentual meter, as in Come live / with me / and be / my love.
[1835–45; short for iambus]
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Noun1.iambus - a metrical unit with unstressed-stressed syllables
metrical foot, metrical unit, foot - (prosody) a group of 2 or 3 syllables forming the basic unit of poetic rhythm
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Read on a metaliterary level, however, these words link this most sexually obscene of the Epodes to Horace's enrichment of Archilochean iambus by his deployment of the tropes and lexicon of contemporary Roman erotic elegy and its Alexandrian and Neoteric heritage (13-26): (54)
(First realized downtown at the Clocktower Gallery last fall, the show moved to Pioneer Works in Red Hook, Brooklyn, this winter, when the gallery took up its yearlong residency there, and Pioneer Works founder Yellin added his assistance.) You were immediately made aware that you were inside someone's arcane system, particularly when viewing the dramatic hanging of Primer Sets of a Revealingly Graphic, Personal History of Western Painting Using the Complete and Basic Iambus Throughout.
(22) Comparing an adversary to a wolf was already an established theme in Greek iambus; Archilochus' character Lycambes is one such example where the character's name is actually derived from the Greek word wolf i.e.
Theodore Stoudites, born in 759, in Constantinople, which included a hospital, dedicated the following iambus, "To the Nurse": It is a sacred thing to bear the load of the sick.
Popularly known as Arminians (after the Dutch theologian Iambus Arminius) and widely suspected of being sympathetic to the Church of Rome, anti-Calvinists soon occupied positions of authority in the Church.
(12) Even composing in the same genre, Callimachus modifies Hipponactean yogo~ in his programmatic Iambus 1.26-31.