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WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
(zo̅o̅g′mə),USA pronunciation n. [Gram.,]Rhet.
(zo̅o̅g mat′ik),USA pronunciation adj.
- Oceanography, Rhetoric, Grammarthe use of a word to modify or govern two or more words when it is appropriate to only one of them or is appropriate to each but in a different way, as in to wage war and peace or On his fishing trip, he caught three trout and a cold. Cf. syllepsis.
- Greek zeûgma a yoking, equivalent. to zeug(nýnai) to yoke1 + -ma noun, nominal suffix of result
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
zeugma /ˈzjuːɡmə/ n
Etymology: 16th Century: via Latin from Greek: a yoking, from zeugnunai to yokezeugmatic /zjuːɡˈmætɪk/ adj
- a figure of speech in which a word is used to modify or govern two or more words although appropriate to only one of them or making a different sense with each, as in the sentence Mr. Pickwick took his hat and his leave (Charles Dickens)
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