Definition of Rhopalic

1. a. Applied to a line or verse in which each successive word has one more syllable than the preceding.



Definition of Rhopalic

1. Adjective. Having each successive word longer by a letter or syllable. ¹

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Definition of Rhopalic

1. each word being increased by a syllable [adj]

Rhopalic Pictures

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Rhopalic

rhomboids
rhombomere
rhombomeres
rhombos
rhombs
rhombus
rhombuses
rhonchal
rhonchal fremitus
rhonchi
rhonchial
rhonchisonant
rhonchus
rhones
rhopalia
rhopalic (current term)
rhopalium
rhopalocera
rhopheocytosis
rhoptry
rhos
rhotacisation
rhotacise
rhotacised
rhotacises
rhotacising
rhotacism
rhotacisms
rhotacization
rhotacize

Literary usage of Rhopalic

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1. Macmillan's Magazine by David Masson, George Grove, John Morley, Mowbray Morris (1863)
"Not know what rhopalic Verses are ? Why, "every schoolboy knows that," as clever writers say when they bring in some bit of learning they have just got hold ..."

2. The Works of the English Poets, from Chaucer to Cowper: Including the Series by Samuel Johnson (1810)
"Here the rhopalic* '- in a wedge are drawn, There the proud ... 15 rhopalic verses begin with a monosyllable, and continue in words, growing gradually ..."

3. Homer's Odyssey: Books I-IV by Homer, Bernadotte Perrin (1891)
"... is pronounced as trisyllabic, this is a 'rhopalic' verse, each word in the verse having one more syllable than the word preceding, ..."

4. Notes and Queries by Martim de Albuquerque (1862)
"... containing numerous Speciment of Macaronic Poetry ; Punning Mottoes ; rhopalic, Shaped, Equivocal, Lyon, and Echo Verses; Alliterations, Acrostics, ..."

5. Handy-book of Literary Curiosities by William Shepard Walsh (1892)
"rhopalic verse, or Wedge verse, a line in which each succeeding word has more syllables than the preceding,—eg : Hope ever solaces miserable individuals. ..."

6. Sir Thomas Browne by Edmund Gosse (1905)
"cymbals, on rhopalic (or club-shaped) verses, on the primitive language, on the fishes eaten by our Saviour after His resurrection, on artificial mounts or ..."

7. Sir Thomas Browne by Edmund Gosse (1905)
"cymbals, on rhopalic (or club-shaped) verses, on the primitive language, on the fishes eaten by our Saviour after His resurrection, on artificial mounts or ..."

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