- a pair of things, esp. a pair of opposites
- Astron. a configuration of three celestial bodies, as of the sun, earth, and moon during an eclipse, in an approximately straight line
- Gr. & Latin Prosody a measure of two feet, as a dipody
Origin of syzygyLate Latin syzygia from Classical Greek from syn-, together + zygon, yoke
- Astronomy a. Either of two points in the orbit of a solar system body where the body is in opposition to or in conjunction with the sun.b. Either of two points in the orbit of the moon when the moon lies in a straight line with the sun and Earth.c. The configuration of the sun, the moon, and Earth lying in a straight line.
- The combining of two feet into a single metrical unit in classical prosody.
Origin of syzygyLate Latin sézygia from Greek suzugiā union from suzugos paired sun-, su- syn- zugon yoke ; see yeug- in Indo-European roots.
- (astronomy, astrology) A kind of unity, namely an alignment of three celestial bodies (for example, the Sun, Earth, and Moon) such that one body is directly between the other two, such as occurs at an eclipse
- (psychology) An archetypal pairing of contrasexual opposites, symbolizing the communication of the conscious and unconscious minds
- (mathematics) A relation between generators of a module
- (medicine) The fusion of some or all of the organs
- (zoology) The association of two protozoa end-to-end or laterally for the purpose of asexual exchange of genetic material
- (zoology) The pairing of chromosomes in meiosis
From Late Latin syzygia (“conjunction"), from Ancient Greek ÏƒÏÎ¶Ï…Î³Î¿Ï‚ (syzygos, “yoked together"). This word was recognized as English in 1847 (astronomically).