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Definition of hemistich noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

hemistich

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noun
BrE BrE//ˈhemistɪk//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhemistɪk//
 
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a half of a line of poetry, especially in Old English poetry Word Origin late 16th cent.: via late Latin from Greek hēmistikhion, from hemi- ‘half’ + stikhos ‘row, line of verse’.
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