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Meaning of hemistich

hem•i•stich

Pronunciation: (hem'i-stik"), [key]
— n. Pros.
  1. the exact or approximate half of a stich, or poetic verse or line, esp. as divided by a caesura or the like.
  2. an incomplete line, or a line of less than the usual length.
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