amphimacer

noun am·phim·a·cer \amˈfiməsə(r), ˈamfəˌmās-\

Definition of amphimacer

plural

-s

  1. :  a trisyllabic foot consisting of a short syllable between two long syllables in quantitative verse or of an unstressed syllable between two stressed syllables in accentual verse the word runaway is an accentual amphimacer —called also cretic

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Origin and Etymology of amphimacer

Latin amphimacrus, from Greek amphimakros, literally, long at both ends, from amphi- + makros long — more at meager


First Known Use: 1589


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