Definition of epyllion in English:


Pronunciation /əˈpilēən/ /əˈpɪliən/ /əˈpilēˌän/ /əˈpɪliˌɑn/


  • A narrative poem that resembles an epic poem in style, but which is notably shorter.

    ‘This meditation is complicated by the fact that 'Lucrece' is an epyllion, a hybrid genre characterized both by its deployment of vivid description and by its treatment of epic subjects.’
    • ‘Perhaps the finest specimen of this hexametric renascence, however, was Charles Kingsley's mythopoetic epyllion 'Andromeda'.’


Late 19th century from Greek epullion, diminutive of epos ‘word, song’, from eipein ‘say’.