a verse of six feet, the first four of which may be either dactyls or spondees, the fifth must regularly be a dactyl, and the sixth always a spondee. In this species of verse are composed the Iliad of homer and the aeneid of Virgil. In english hexameters accent takes the place of quantity. Leaped like the roe when he hears in the woodland the voice of the huntsman. (Longfellow) Strongly it bears us a- long on swelling and limitless billows, nothing be- fore and nothing be- hind but the sky and the ocean. (Coleridge)
Origin: L, fr. Gr. Of six meters; (sc) hexameter verse; six – measure: cf. F. Hexametre. See Six, and meter.