Definition - Two short syllables followed by a long one.

Example -
The AsSYRian came DOWN like a WOLF on the FOLD

Etymology -
The word derives from the Greek ana, back + paiein, to strike.

Oxford English Dictionary -
Its first citation is from 1589: "For your anapestus of two short and a long ye haue these words but not many moe, as manifold, montiesse, remanent, holinesse."
(Puttenham Eng. Poesie (Arb.) 133)

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