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.]
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(Poetry) prosody another word for cretic
[C16: from Latin amphimacrus, from Greek amphimakros both ends being long, from amphi- + makros long]
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am•phim•a•cer(æmˈfɪm ə sər)
a trisyllabic metrical foot whose syllables are long, short, long in quantitative meter, and stressed, unstressed, stressed in accentual meter.
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