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zeugma

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noun zeug·ma \ˈzüg-mə\

Definition of zeugma

  1. :  the use of a word to modify or govern two or more words usually in such a manner that it applies to each in a different sense or makes sense with only one (as in “opened the door and her heart to the homeless boy”)



Origin of zeugma

Middle English zeuma, from Medieval Latin, from Latin zeugma, from Greek, literally, joining, from zeugnynai to join; akin to Latin jungere to join — more at yoke


First Known Use: 15th century


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