a. The first of a pair of stanzas of alternating form on which the structure of a given poem is based.
b. A stanza containing irregular lines.
2. The first division of the triad constituting a section of a Pindaric ode.
a. The first turning movement of the chorus from one side of the orchestra to the other in classical Greek drama.
b. The part of a choral ode sung while this movement is executed.
[Greek strophē, a turning, stanza, from strephein, to turn; see streb(h)- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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