Definitions for: Pyrrhic

[n] an ancient Greek dance imitating the motions of warfare
[n] a metrical unit with unstressed-unstressed syllables
[adj] of or relating to or resembling Pyrrhus or his exploits (especially his sustaining staggering losses in order to defeat the Romans); "a Pyrrhic victory"
[adj] of or relating to or containing a metrical foot of two unstressed syllables; "pyrrhic verses"
[adj] of or relating to a war dance of ancient Greece; "pyrrhic dance movements"

Webster (1913) Definition: Pyr"rhic, a. [L. pyrrhichius, Gr. ? belonging to the ?
(sc. ?) a kind of war dance.]
1. Of or pertaining to an ancient Greek martial dance. `` ye
have the pyrrhic dance as yet.'' --Byron.

2. (Pros.) Of or pertaining to a pyrrhic, or to pyrrhics;
containing pyrrhic; as, a pyrrhic verse.

Pyr"rhic, n.
1. [Gr. ?: cf. F. pyrrhique, fem.] An ancient Greek martial
dance, to the accompaniment of the flute, its time being
very quick.

2. [L. pyrrhichius (sc. pes), Gr. ? (sc. ?): cf. F.
pyrrhique, masc.] (Pros.) A foot consisting of two short

Synonyms: dibrach

See Also: ceremonial dance, foot, metrical foot, metrical unit, ritual dance, ritual dancing

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