Curetes

(3 syl). A mythical people of Crete, to whom the infant Zeus or Jupiter was entrusted by his mother Rhea. By clashing their shields they drowned the cries of the infant, to prevent its father (Cronos) from finding the place where the babe was hid.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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