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syzygy

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noun syz·y·gy \ˈsi-zə-jē\

Definition of syzygy

plural syz·y·gies

  1. :  the nearly straight-line configuration of three celestial bodies (as the sun, moon, and earth during a solar or lunar eclipse) in a gravitational system



Origin of syzygy

Late Latin syzygia conjunction, from Greek, from syzygos yoked together, from syn- + zygon yoke — more at yoke


First Known Use: circa 1847

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