1. A metrical foot consisting of a stressed syllable followed by an unstressed syllable, as in season.
2. A metrical foot in quantitative verse consisting of a long syllable followed by a short one.
[French trochée, from Latin trochaeus, from Greek trokhaios, from trokhos, a running, from trekhein, to run.]
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