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[a‐sef‐ăl‐ŭs]

The Greek word for ‘headless’, applied to a metrical verse line that lacks the first syllable expected according to regular metre; e.g. an iambic pentameter missing the first unstressed syllable, as sometimes in Chaucer:Twenty bookès, clad in blak or reedNoun: acephalexis. See also truncation.

Subjects: Literature.


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