1. A lyric poem characterized by distichs formed by a long line followed by a shorter one.
2. The third division of the triad of a Pindaric ode, having a different or contrasting form from that of the strophe and antistrophe.
3. The part of a choral ode in classical Greek drama following the strophe and antistrophe and sung while the chorus is standing still.
[Latin epōdos, a type of lyric poem, from Greek epōidos, sung after, from epaeidein, epāidein, to sing after : epi-, epi- + aeidein, to sing; see wed-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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