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Poetry Definition

Figure of speech in which a verb or adjective is applied to two nouns, but where one of the applications is inappropriate e.g. 'with weeping eyes and hearts'.


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Standard Definition

[n] use of a word to govern two or more words though appropriate to only one; "`Mr. Pickwick took his hat and his leave' is an example of zeugma"

Misc. Definitions

\Zeug"ma\, n. [L., from Gr. ?, fr. ? to yoke, join. See {Yoke}.] (Gram.) A figure by which an adjective or verb, which agrees with a nearer word, is, by way of supplement, referred also to another more remote; as, ``hic illius arma, hic currus fuit;'' where fuit, which agrees directly with currus, is referred also to arma.