Trochee, Trochaic

A kind of metrical foot. A trochee (the adjective is "trochaic") is a stressed syllable followed by an unstressed one:
Róund abóut the cáuldron gó,
Ín the póisoned éntrails thrów.
Because each foot consists of two syllables, the trochaic is known as a duple meter. The other most common duple meter is iambic, which is an unstressed followed by a stressed syllable. Note that you can distinguish iambic from trochaic meter only by examining the first foot in a verse, since they both alternate stressed and unstressed syllables.


From the Guide to Literary Terms by Jack Lynch.
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