of or relating to Archilochus. TRENCHANT, SARCASTIC, BITTER. marked by use of Archilochians or of Archilochian strophes. a verse form ascribed to Archilochus: such as a line composed of a dactylic tetrapody followed by a trochaic tripody - a dactylic tripody catalectic —sometimes called also lesser Archilochian - a dactylic tetrapody with spondee or trochee as the fourth foot - a dicolon composed of a complete prosodiac followed by an ithyphallic.