(Greek, akros stichos) The term was first applied to the
verses of the Erythræan sibyl, written on leaves. These prophecies were
excessively obscure, but were so contrived that when the leaves were
sorted and laid in order, their initial letters always made a word. —Dionys., iv. 62.
among the Hebrews consisted of twenty-two lines or stanzas
beginning with the letters of the alphabet in succession,
as Psalm cxix., etc.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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