AskDefine | Define choriamb

Extensive Definition

In Greek and Latin poetry, choriamb refers to a prosodic foot of four syllables, of the pattern long-short-short-long.
In the prosody of English and other modern European languages, "choriamb" is sometimes used to describe four-syllable sequence of the pattern stressed-unstressed-unstressed-stressed (trochee + iamb): for example, "WHAT a misTAKE".
choriamb in German: Choriambus
choriamb in Italian: Coriambo
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