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



BrE BrE//ˈspɒndiː//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈspɑːndiː//
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a unit of sound in poetry consisting of two strong or long syllables Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French, or via Latin from Greek spondeios (pous) ‘(foot) of a libation’, from spondē ‘libation’ (being characteristic of music accompanying libations).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: spondee