Spondee

Spondee
Spondee Spon"dee (sp[o^]n"d[=e]), n. [L. spondeus, Gr. ? (sc. ?), fr. ? a drink offering, libation, fr. ? to pour out, make a libation: cf. F. spond['e]e. So called because at libations slow, solemn melodies were used, chiefly in this meter.] (Pros.) A poetic foot of two long syllables, as in the Latin word l[=e]g[=e]s. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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