Meaning of pythiambic in English:

pythiambic

noun

Prosody
  • A composite metre consisting of a dactylic hexameter (Pythian metre) followed by an iambic colon.

    There are two varieties according to whether the hexameter is followed by an iambic dimeter (as in Horace Epod. 14 and 15), or by an iambic trimeter (as in Horace Epod. 16).

Pronunciation

pythiambic

/ˌpɪθɪˈambɪk/ /ˌpɪθʌɪˈambɪk/

adjective

Prosody
  • Of or relating to this metre.

Pronunciation

pythiambic

/ˌpɪθɪˈambɪk/ /ˌpɪθʌɪˈambɪk/

Origin

Mid 19th century. From post-classical Latin pythiambicus, adjective from classical Latin Pȳthius Pythian + iambicus.