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in poetry

A second dactyl swooped down, moving faster than the first.
Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  poetry:  a metrical unit with stressed-unstressed-unstressed syllables
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  • A second dactyl swooped down, moving faster than the first.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • Pain is always by the side of joy, the spondee by the dactyl.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • For closure, the last dactyl is always treated as a spondee, and the final five syllables often make a regular rhythmic phrase (as "pines and the hemlocks," and "sad and prophetic").
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • The dactyl was trying to take off, but Lex was too heavy, and while it struggled it repeatedly jabbed at her head with its long pointed jaw.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park

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  • He ran forward and jumped up, throwing himself against the body of the dactyl.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • Grant pushed away from the dactyl and it squeaked and gibbered as it flapped its wings and struggled to turn over, to right itself.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • The fourth dactyl flapped awkwardly into the air to join the others.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • But then the other dactyls were diving down at them and Grant was dizzy, off balance, and in horror he saw Lex run away, her arms over her head …. Tim shouting at the top of his lungs…… The first of them swooped down and she threw something and suddenly the dactyl whistled and climbed.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
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Associated words [difficulty]:   dactyl [8]
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