noun Grammar, Rhetoric.
Origin of zeugma
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Historical Examples of zeugma
Lucullus appears to have crossed the Euphrates at a more northern point than Zeugma, where the river was crossed by Crassus.Plutarch's Lives, Volume II
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The young prince accordingly set out, and reached the city of Zeugma in safety.
There is a zeugma in speaks as applied to ‘thunder’ and ‘chains,’ unless it be taken as in both cases equivalent to denounces.Milton's Comus
Zeugma is either upon or near the site of Bir, which is in about 37° N. Lat.Plutarch's Lives Volume III.
Word Origin for zeugma
1580s, "a single word (usually a verb or adjective) made to refer to two or more words in a sentence," from Greek, literally "a yoking," from zeugnynai "to yoke" (see jugular).