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     Dear Figaro,
    In The Last Unicorn, Peter Beagle described the unicorn as having amarathine eyes. This uses both meanings of “amarathine” simultaneously (undying and a purple color) without it being a pun or zeugma. Is there a word for this literary device?

    Dear Teek,
    It is indeed a kind of pun called the antanaclasis (an-ta-NA-cla-sis), or double entendre. Not the joking, play-on-words kind of pun, the antanaclasis strikes a rhetorical chord, causing the word to vibrate with its double meaning — a bicorn, if you will.

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    Isn't it "amaranthine"...

    December 11, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterNadiral

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