Syl*lep"sis (?), n. [L., fr. Gr. sy`llhpsis a taking together, from . See syllable, n.]
A figure of speech by which a word is used in a literal and metaphorical sense at the same time.
The agreement of a verb or adjective with one, rather than another, of two nouns, with either of which it might agree in gender, number, etc.; as, rex et regina beati.
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