Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics

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Zeugma

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Author(s): Watson, Wilfred G. E.
In the figure of speech called ‘zeugma’, also known as ‘syllepsis’, a verb, noun or adjective is used with two dissimilar words, although strictly speaking it is appropriate only to one (cf. Stuart 1838:231 §§567, 568). An example of zeugma involving a verb is: לִבַּבְתִּי֙נִי֙ בְּאַחַ֣ת מֵעֵינַ֔יִךְ בְּאַחַ֥ד עֲנָ֖ק מִצַּוְּרֹנָֽיִךְ libbaḇtīnī bə-ʾaḥaṯ mē-ʿēnayiḵ bə-ʾaḥaḏ ʿănå̄q miṣ-ṣawwərōnå̄yiḵ ‘You made my heart leap with one of your eyes, with one gem from your necklace’ (Song 4.9). Here the verb ‘to make someone’s heart leap’ (a piʿel verb formed from the noun לֵבָב lēḇå̄ḇ ‘heart’) is a…