Containing 11 syllables.
A verse of 11 syllables, especially one that follows one of various classically established metrical patterns.
[From Latin hendecasyllabus, a line of eleven syllables, from Greek hendekasullabos : hendeka, eleven (hen, neuter of heis, one; see sem-1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots + deka, ten; see DECADE) + sullabē, syllable; see SYLLABLE.]
hen·dec′a·sylla·ble (-sĭlə-bəl) n.
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