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Meaning of catalexis

cat•a•lex•is

Pronunciation: (kat"l-ek'sis), [key]
— pl. cat•a•lex•es
  1. the absence of a syllable at the beginning or end of a line of metrical verse resulting in an incomplete foot, most often occurring in the last foot at the end of a verse; a catalectic line.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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