Definition of paroemiac in English:

paroemiac

noun

  • The short line with which an anapaestic system usually ends.

adjective

  • Of, relating to, or designating verse which ends with a paroemiac.

Origin

Late 17th century; earliest use found in Richard Bentley (1662–1742), philologist and classical scholar. As noun from Hellenistic Greek παροιμιακόν the short line with which an anapaestic system usually ends, use as noun (short for παροιμιακὸν μέτρον) of neuter of παροιμιακός (adjective); as adjective from Hellenistic Greek παροιμιακός proverbial from ancient Greek παροιμία + -ακός.

Pronunciation

paroemiac

/pəˈriːmɪak/