anapaest /ˈanəpiːst, ˈanəpɛst / ‹US› anapest


I. noun

[Prosody] a metrical foot consisting of two short or unstressed syllables followed by one long or stressed syllable.
II. derivatives

anapaestic /anəˈpiːstɪk, anəˈpɛstɪk /

– origin late 16th cent.: via Latin from Greek anapaistos ‘reversed’, from ana- ‘back’ + paiein ‘strike’ (because it is the reverse of a dactyl).

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