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syzygy

syz·y·gy

syzygy

 
pronunciation:
sI z ji
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part of speech: noun
inflections: syzygies
definition 1: in astronomy, the alignment, either in conjunction or opposition, of three celestial bodies within the same gravitational system, esp. the sun, moon, and earth.
definition 2: in classical prosody, a metrical unit having two feet.
definition 3: any two things considered together, either as similar or opposite.
derivation: syzygial (adj.)
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The word syzygy contains the following parts:
sym- Greek prefix that means with, together with
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The prefix sym- occurs in Greek loanwords and hence attaches to Greek bases. It is an assimilated form of syn- used before roots beginning with b, p, and m, such as "bio, bi, -be", "path, patho, -pathic, -pathy", and "metr, -meter, -metry". See syn- and its other assimilated forms syl- and sys-.
zyg, zygo Greek root that means pair
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