[ am-fim-uh-ser ]
/ æmˈfɪm ə sər /

noun Prosody.

a trisyllabic foot, the arrangement of the syllables of which is long, short, long in quantitative meter, or stressed, unstressed, stressed in accentual meter, as anodyne, an accentual amphimacer.

Origin of amphimacer

1580–90; < Latin amphimacrus < Greek amphímakros long at both ends. See amphi-, macro-; cf. amphibrach
Also called cre·tic [kree-tik] /ˈkri tɪk/. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cretic (1 of 2)

/ (ˈkriːtɪk) /


prosody a metrical foot consisting of three syllables, the first long, the second short, and the third long (– ◡ –)Also called: amphimacer Compare amphibrach

Word Origin for cretic

C16: from Latin crēticus consisting of the amphimacer, literally: Cretan, from Greek krētikos, from Krētē Crete

British Dictionary definitions for cretic (2 of 2)

/ (æmˈfɪməsə) /


prosody another word for cretic

Word Origin for amphimacer

C16: from Latin amphimacrus, from Greek amphimakros both ends being long, from amphi- + makros long
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