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WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: use of two conjoined nouns instead of a noun and modifier

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: Late Latin hendiadys, hendiadyoin, modification of Greek hen dia dyoin, literally, one through two Date: circa 1577 the expression of an idea by the use of usually two independent words connected by and (as nice and warm) instead of the usual combination of independent word and its modifier (as nicely warm)

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. the expression of an idea by two words connected with 'and', instead of one modifying the other, e.g. nice and warm for nicely warm. Etymology: med.L f. Gk hen dia duoin one thing by two

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Hendiadys Hen*di"a*dys, n. [NL., fr. Gr. ? ? ? one by two.] (Gram.) A figure in which the idea is expressed by two nouns connected by and, instead of by a noun and limiting adjective; as, we drink from cups and gold, for golden cups.



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