Pronunciation: (el"i-jī'uk, -ak, i-lē'jē-ak"),[key] —adj.Also,el"e•gi'a•cal. 1. used in, suitable for, or resembling an elegy.
2. expressing sorrow or lamentation: elegiac strains. 3. Class. Pros.noting a distich the first line of which is a dactylic hexameter and the second a pentameter, or a verse differing from the hexameter by suppression of the arsis or metrically unaccented part of the third and the sixth foot.
—n. 1. an elegiac or distich verse.
2. a poem in such distichs or verses.