a grammatical construction in which a single word is used in a syntactic relationship with two or more words in the same sentence, though it can agree with only one of them in gender, number, or case (Ex.: either they or I am wrong)
Origin of syllepsisClassical Latin from Classical Greek syll?psis, a putting together from syllambanein: see syllable
A verbal construction in which a word governs two or more other words but agrees in number, gender, or case with only one, or has a different meaning when applied to each of the words, as in He lost his coat and his temper.
Origin of syllepsisLate Latin syllēpsis from Greek sullēpsis sun- syn- lēpsis a taking ( from lambanein to take )
(countable and uncountable, plural syllepses)
- (rhetoric) A figure of speech in which one word simultaneously modifies two or more other words such that the modification must be understood differently with respect to each modified word; often causing humorous incongruity
- (botany) Growth in which lateral branches develop from a lateral meristem, without the formation of a bud or period of dormancy, when the lateral meristem is split from a terminal meristem.
From Latin syllepsis, from Ancient Greek ÏƒÏÎ»Î»Î·ÏˆÎ¹Ï‚ (sullÄ“psis)