1(of a word or metrical foot) consisting of two syllables.‘A disyllable or disyllabic word has two syllables, a trisyllable or trisyllabic word has three.’
- ‘Occasionally two disyllabic feet occur in succession.’
- ‘I think I'll stick to monosyllabic and disyllabic words today.’
- 1.1(of a bird's characteristic call) consisting of two distinct sounds, such as the call of the cuckoo.‘Treeswifts calls have been described as a squeal, with a few syllables grouped together to form a disyllabic or trisyllabic call.’
- ‘I wish this bird would do something more characteristic of Hume's, like an upward inflecting or disyllabic call, but it doesn't.’
Mid 17th century from French dissyllabique, via Latin from Greek disullabos ‘of two syllables’.
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