semiped

semiped

(ˈsɛmɪˌpɛd)
n
half a poetic foot; a half-measure in poetic metre
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etiam Varro in libris disciplinarum scripsit obseruasse sese in uersu hexametro, quod omnimodo quintus semipes uerbum finiret et quod priores quinque semipedes aeque magnam uim haberent in efficiendo uersu atque alii posteriores septem, idque ipsum ratione quadam geometrica fieri disserit.
Certain commentators adopt an explanation advanced, and then retracted, by Paul Maas:(23) that the five and seven semipedes correspond to the five and seven semitones in the perfect fourth and fifth, being geometrically equal 'auf dem "Kanon" eines Monochords (oder dem Griffbrett einer Guitarre oder Geige) gemessen'.
3.9.20), but differ either in metrical pattern or in the number of semipedes (5.6.12-13); in the latter case the shortest acceptable verse comprises seven half-feet (5.7.14).
Age nunc commemora membrum uersus heroici breuius quot semipedes habeat.