Reference > Brewer’s Dictionary > Acros’tic (Greek, akros stichos).

E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Acros’tic (Greek, akros stichos).
The term was first applied to the verses of the-Erythræan sibyl, written on leaves. These prophecies were excessively obscure, but were so contrived that when the leaves were sorted and laid in order, their initial letters always made a word.—Dionys., iv. 62.   1
   Acrostic poetry among the Hebrews consisted of twenty-two lines or stanzas beginning with the letters of the alphabet in succession, as Psalm cxix., etc.   2



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