from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A word with two syllables.

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  • n. A word comprising two syllables.

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  • n. a word having two syllables


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  • The six-letter disyllable comes from the verb "gaver" (to stuff).

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  • The six-letter disyllable comes from the verb "gaver" to stuff.

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  • = The same phrase in the same position (leaving space for the disyllable) at _EP_ III iii 26 'et coit astrictis _barbarus

    The Last Poems of Ovid

  • It is particularly frequent in the latter half of the pentameter, immediately before the disyllable: compare, from many instances, _AA_ III 431-32 '_ire_ solutis/crinibus et fletus non

    The Last Poems of Ovid

  • = The word is metrically suited to the second half of the pentameter, before the disyllable: compare Tib I ii 70 & II iii 52,

    The Last Poems of Ovid

  • _Nec (non) meminisse_ is metrically useful for filling the second hemistich of the pentameter up to the disyllable; so used at vi 50 'arguat ingratum non meminisse sui', _Tr_

    The Last Poems of Ovid

  • Every pentameter of the amatory poems and the first fifteen _Heroides_ ends in a disyllable.

    The Last Poems of Ovid

  • It is often said that the power of liquidness and fluidity in ChaucerĀ’s verse was dependent upon a free, a licentious dealing with language, such as is now impossible; upon a liberty, such as Burns too enjoyed, of making words like neck, bird, into a disyllable by adding to them, and words like cause, rhyme, into a disyllable by sounding the e mute.

    The Study of Poetry

  • Philarchus, I remember, taxes Balzac for placing twenty monosyllables in file, without one disyllable betwixt them.


  • The narrower range of cadence allowed by the rule which makes every couplet regularly end in a disyllable, involves a monotony which only Ovid's immense dexterity enabled him to overcome.

    Latin Literature


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