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Borrowed from French trochée, via Latin trochaeus from the Ancient Greek τροχαῖος (trokhaîos), derived from τρέχω (trékhō, run).

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  • IPA(key): /ˈtɹəʊki/
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  • Rhymes: -əʊki

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trochee (plural trochees)

  1. A metrical foot in verse consisting of a stressed or heavy syllable followed by an unstressed or light syllable.
    • 2016, Ian McEwan, Nutshell, Vintage, page 152:
      ‘He made us read James Fenton on the genius of the trochee.’

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