Saturnian verse
Saturnian Sa*tur"ni*an, a. [L. Saturnius.] 1. (Roman Myth.) Of or pertaining to Saturn, whose age or reign, from the mildness and wisdom of his government, is called the golden age. [1913 Webster]

2. Hence: Resembling the golden age; distinguished for peacefulness, happiness, contentment. [1913 Webster]

Augustus, born to bring Saturnian times. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

3. (Astron.) Of or pertaining to the planet Saturn; as, the Saturnian year. [1913 Webster]

{Saturnian verse} (Pros.), a meter employed by early Roman satirists, consisting of three iambics and an extra syllable followed by three trochees, as in the line: -- Th[e^] qu[=e]en | w[a^]s [imac]n | th[e^] k[imac]tch | [e^]n || [=e]at[i^]ng | br[=e]ad [a^]nd | h[=o]n[e^]y. [1913 Webster]


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