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Iambus \I*am"bus\, n.; pl. L. Iambi, E. Iambuses. [L. iambus, Gr. ?; prob. akin to ? to throw, assail (the iambus being first used in satiric poetry), and to L. jacere to throw. Cf. Jet a shooting forth.] (Pros.) A foot consisting of a short syllable followed by a long one, as in [a^]m[=a]ns, or of an unaccented syllable followed by an accented one, as invent; an iambic. See the Couplet under Iambic, n.

  1. n. a metrical unit with unstressed-stressed syllables [syn: iambus]

  2. [also: iambi (pl)]


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