Pronunciation: (kat"l-ek'sis), [key]
—pl. cat•a•lex•esPronunciation: (kat"lek'sēz). [key] Pros.
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.
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