One of the several kinds of metrical feet in poetry, a spondee is a foot containing syllables in the pattern STRESSED-STRESSED.

Spon"dee (?), n. [L. spondeus, Gr. (sc. ), fr. a drink offering, libation, fr. to pour out, make a libation: cf. F. spondée. So called because at libations slow, solemn melodies were used, chiefly in this meter.] pros.

A poetic foot of two long syllables, as in the Latin word lēgēs.

 

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