A metrical foot consisting of two long or stressed syllables.
[Middle English sponde, from Old French spondee, from Latin spondēum, from neuter of spondēus, of libations, spondaic, from Greek spondeios, from spondē, libation (from its use in songs performed at libations); see spend- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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