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Of or relating to verse that is intended to be sung, especially Greek lyric verse of the seventh to fifth century bc.
[Greek melikos, from melos, song.]
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(Poetry) (of poetry, esp ancient Greek lyric poems) intended to be sung
[C17: via Latin from Greek melikos, from melos song]
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1. of or pertaining to song.
2. of or pertaining to an elaborate form of Greek lyric poetry of the 7th and 6th centuries b.c.
[1690–1700; < Greek melikós=mél(os) limb, song + -ikos -ic]
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