A trisyllabic metrical foot having an unaccented or short syllable between two accented or long syllables, as in Peter Pan. Also called cretic.

[Latin amphimacrus, from Greek amphimakros : amphi-, amphi- + makros, long; see māk- in Indo-European roots.]


(Poetry) prosody another word for cretic
[C16: from Latin amphimacrus, from Greek amphimakros both ends being long, from amphi- + makros long]


(æmˈfɪm ə sər)

a trisyllabic metrical foot whose syllables are long, short, long in quantitative meter, and stressed, unstressed, stressed in accentual meter.
[1580–90; < Latin amphimacrus < Greek amphímakros long at both ends. See amphi-, macro-]
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followed by a caesura, a dactylic foot ("Arion"), and an amphimacer (29) ("leaped on high").
29) An amphimacer is a trisyllabic foot with an unstressed syllable between two stressed syllables.
On two occasions, however, harsh warnings are sounded: "slightest sound" becomes "slightest warning sound" (2:13): amphimacer becomes three strident trochees (catalectic third trochee); and the phrase inserted between "instantly" and "on"--"as if shot out from a catapult" (6:08) adds pyrrhic, spondee, pyrrhic, amphimacer.
The iconic design, along with its overtones of 'destinationality', is intended to embody those signs of wear which are the poem's preoccupation; but such signs may be deceptive, thanks to the reversibility of, or relationship of dialectical complementarity between - see the rhythm of Jaccottet's final lines - the principal forms of the trisyllabic foot used here: the amphibrach (x/x) (the 'benign' foot of our first poem) and the amphimacer (/x/).