cretic

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cre·tic

 (krē′tĭk)
[Latin Crēticus, of Crete, Cretic foot, from Crēta, Crete.]

cretic

(ˈkriːtɪk)
n
(Poetry) prosody a metrical foot consisting of three syllables, the first long, the second short, and the third long (¯˘¯). Also called: amphimacer Compare amphibrach
[C16: from Latin crēticus consisting of the amphimacer, literally: Cretan, from Greek krētikos, from Krētē Crete]
References in classic literature ?
And I think that I have an indistinct recollection of his mentioning a complex Cretic rhythm; also a dactylic or heroic, and he arranged them in some manner which I do not quite understand, making the rhythms equal in the rise and fall of the foot, long and short alternating; and, unless I am mistaken, he spoke of an iambic as well as of a trochaic rhythm, and assigned to them short and long quantities.
They show no return to the scansion of cretics as dactyls (such as we find in Plautus), no iambic shortening, and no interest in archaic words or forms.