Meaning of Priapean in English:


Pronunciation /ˌprʌɪəˈpiːən/


  • 1Priapic.

  • 2Prosody
    Designating a logaoedic metre consisting of a catalectic glyconic and a pherecratean, associated especially with poems addressed to Priapus.


Early 17th century; earliest use found in John Taylor (1578–1653), poet. From classical Latin Priāpēus of or belonging to Priapus, designating a metre (from Hellenistic Greek Πριάπειος of or belonging to Priapus, usually designating a metre from Πρίαπος + -ειος, suffix forming adjectives) + -an. Compare French priapéen belonging to the cult of Priapus, designating a metre.