Pronunciation: (kat"l-ek'tik), [key] Pros.
(of a line of verse) lacking part of the last foot; metrically incomplete, as the second line of One more unfortunate,/Weary of breath.
a catalectic line of verse. Cf. acatalectic, hypercatalectic.
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