Priapean Pri`a*pe"an, n. [Cf. L. Priapeius pertaining to Priapus.] (Lat. Pros.) A species of hexameter verse so constructed as to be divisible into two portions of three feet each, having generally a trochee in the first and the fourth foot, and an amphimacer in the third; -- applied also to a regular hexameter verse when so constructed as to be divisible into two portions of three feet each. --Andrews. [1913 Webster]

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  • priapean — I. |prīə|pēən adjective Etymology: Latin priapeius of or relating to Priapus (from Greek priapeios of Priapus, from Priapos Priapus, Greco Roman god of procreation and fertility) + English an 1. usually capitalized …   Useful english dictionary

  • priapean — /pruy euh pee euhn/, adj. priapic. [ < F priapéen < L Priape(us) ( < Gk Priápeios) + AN. See PRIAPUS, AN] * * * …   Universalium

  • priapean — adj. of Priapus, of the ancient Greek god of male virility; phallic, resembling a phallus; characterized by a phallus; excessively concerned with masculinity and virility …   English contemporary dictionary

  • priapean — pri·a·pe·an …   English syllables

  • priapean —   a. pertaining to Priapus, Greek god of male reproductive power; phallic.    ♦ priapism, n. obscenity; obscene act; persistent erection of penis …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • List of classical meters — The following meters were used in Greek poetry and borrowed into Latin poetry in the classical period:Major Forms*Dactylic hexameter *Elegiac couplet, consisting of a line of dactylic hexameter and one of dactylic pentameter *Iambic… …   Wikipedia

  • Priapus — /praɪˈeɪpəs/ (say pruy aypuhs) noun Classical Mythology the personification as a god of the male procreative power. He is the deity of gardens and vineyards, but is a comparatively late addition to the pantheon. {Latin, from Greek Priāpos}… …   Australian English dictionary

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