am·​phim·​a·​cer | \ amˈfiməsə(r), ˈamfəˌmās- \
plural -s

Definition of amphimacer

: 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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First Known Use of amphimacer

1589, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for amphimacer

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

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“Amphimacer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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