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syzygy (ˈsɪzɪdʒɪ



(plural) -gies
  1. either of the two positions (conjunction or opposition) of a celestial body when sun, earth, and the body lie in a straight line   ⇒  ■ the moon is at syzygy when full
  2. (in classical prosody) a metrical unit of two feet
  3. (rare) any pair, usually of opposites
  4. (biology) the aggregation in a mass of certain protozoans, esp when occurring before sexual reproduction

Derived Forms

syzygial (sɪˈzɪdʒɪəl , syzygetic (ˌsɪzɪˈdʒɛtɪk , or syzygal (ˈsɪzɪɡəl   adjective
ˌsyzyˈgetically  adverb

Word Origin

C17: from Late Latin syzygia, from Greek suzugia, from suzugos yoked together, from syn- + zugon a yoke

Example Sentences Including 'syzygy'

And once I had your trust I put you to sleep, and I spoke my liturgies and undid the sweet syzygy of your being.
Clive Barker SACRAMENT (2001)


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