E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
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.