Pyrrhic


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Pyrrhic

 

in metrical versification, a foot consisting of two short syllables. The term is used in tonic versification as a conventional designation for an omitted stress on a rhythmically strong place in a trochee or iamh Examples can be found in the lines Trī́ dĕvíts̆ pōd ǒknṓm and ĭ lū́chschĕ výdŭmāt’ në môg. In Russian verse, pyrrhics usually alternate with stressed feet to form a secondary rhythm within a line.

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