tetrasyllable

tetrasyllable

(ˌtɛtrəˈsɪləbəl)
n
(Linguistics) a word of four syllables
tetrasyllabic, ˌtetrasylˈlabical adj

tet•ra•syl•la•ble

(ˈtɛ trəˌsɪl ə bəl, ˌtɛ trəˈsɪl-)

n.
a word or line of verse of four syllables.
[1580–90]
tet`ra•syl•lab′ic (-sɪˈlæb ɪk) adj.
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First, the kind of "writing" that looms largest for Saga is quite clearly shi poetry, though not the venerable tetrasyllable sort comprising Shijing [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], but the far more recent penta- and heptasyllabic varieties preferred by post-Han poets.