amoebaean

/am'euh bee"euhn/, adj. Pros.
alternately responsive, as verses in dialogue.
Also, amoebean.
[1650-60; < L amoebae(us) antiphonal ( < Gk amoibaîos interchanging, equiv. to amoib(é) alternation (cf. AMEBA) + -aios adj. suffix) + -AN]

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amoebaean /a-mē-bēˈən/
adjective
Answering alternately, responsive, as often in pastoral poetry
ORIGIN: L amoebaeus, from Gr amoibaios, from amoibē alternation

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • amoebaean — or amoebean [am΄i bē′ən] adj. [< L amoebaeum (carmen) < Gr ( asma) amoibaion, responsive (song) < amoibē: see AMOEBA] answering or responding to each other, as successive strophes of a verse dialogue …   English World dictionary

  • amoebaean — /am euh bee euhn/, adj. Pros. alternately responsive, as verses in dialogue. Also, amoebean. [1650 60; < L amoebae(us) antiphonal ( < Gk amoibaîos interchanging, equiv. to amoib(é) alternation (cf. AMEBA) + aios adj. suffix) + AN] * * * …   Universalium

  • amoebaean — /æməˈbiən/ (say amuh beeuhn) adjective alternately responsive, as verses in dialogue. Also, amebean. Usage: For spelling variation see ae1, oe …   Australian English dictionary

  • amoebaean —   a. applied to verse in which two persons speak alternately …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • ἀλληλογραφία — ἀλληλογραφίᾱ , ἀλληλογραφία writing of amoebaean poems fem nom/voc/acc dual ἀλληλογραφίᾱ , ἀλληλογραφία writing of amoebaean poems fem nom/voc sg (attic doric aeolic) …   Greek morphological index (Ελληνική μορφολογικούς δείκτες)

  • ἀλληλογραφίας — ἀλληλογραφίᾱς , ἀλληλογραφία writing of amoebaean poems fem acc pl ἀλληλογραφίᾱς , ἀλληλογραφία writing of amoebaean poems fem gen sg (attic doric aeolic) …   Greek morphological index (Ελληνική μορφολογικούς δείκτες)

  • amoeba — (n.) 1855, from Mod.L. Amoeba, genus name (1841), from Gk. amoibe change, related to ameibein to change, exchange, from PIE *e meigw , extended form of root *mei to change, go, move (see MUTABLE (Cf. mutable)). So called for its constantly… …   Etymology dictionary

  • ἀλληλογραφίαι — ἀλληλογραφίᾱͅ , ἀλληλογραφία writing of amoebaean poems fem dat sg (attic doric aeolic) …   Greek morphological index (Ελληνική μορφολογικούς δείκτες)

  • ἀλληλογραφίαν — ἀλληλογραφίᾱν , ἀλληλογραφία writing of amoebaean poems fem acc sg (attic doric aeolic) …   Greek morphological index (Ελληνική μορφολογικούς δείκτες)

  • ἀλληλογραφίᾳ — ἀλληλογραφίᾱͅ , ἀλληλογραφία writing of amoebaean poems fem dat sg (attic doric aeolic) …   Greek morphological index (Ελληνική μορφολογικούς δείκτες)

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