Cancrine (palindromic)

Paul McFedries lists at MCFEDRIES.COM
Thu Jan 25 18:10:36 UTC 2001

The OED lists "cancrine" (crab-like) in the sense of "cancrine (or
palindromic) verse." They list it as being in Johnson's Dictionary and they
have a citation from 1846 ("a curious cancrine inscription"). Is cancrine an
obsolete term in lingustics circles?


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