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WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
zeug•ma  (zo̅o̅gmə),USA pronunciation n. [Gram.,]Rhet.
  1. 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. 
zeug•mat•ic  (zo̅o̅g matik),USA pronunciation adj.  zeug•mati•cal•ly, adv. 
  • Greek zeûgma a yoking, equivalent. to zeug(nýnai) to yoke1 + -ma noun, nominal suffix of result
  • 1515–25;

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

zeugma /ˈzjuːɡmə/ n
  1. 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)
Etymology: 16th Century: via Latin from Greek: a yoking, from zeugnunai to yoke

zeugmatic /zjuːɡˈmætɪk/ adj

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