tetrabrach

tetrabrach

(ˈtɛtrəˌbræk)
n
(Poetry) (in classical prosody) a word or metrical foot composed of four short syllables (˘˘˘˘)
[C19: from Greek tetrabrakhus, from tetra- + brakhus short]
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According to their views dive-dive is a pseudo-locative which has replaced the metrically unfavorable tetrabrach locative *divi-divi.
Except for the last of these, an iterated form of the readily accessible adjective maha- (with apparent metrical lengthening to avoid a tetrabrach), the precise formation of these items is not at all clear.