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The third part of the triadic structure used in the Pindaric ode and in Greek dramatic choruses, following the strophe and antistrophe and differing from them in length and metrical form. The term was also used for a Greek metre invented by Archilochus (7th century bce), in which a longer line was followed by a shorter one (e.g. a trimeter followed by a dimeter); in this metre, adopted in Latin by Horace, the shorter line can also be called the epode. Adjective: epodic.

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