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 for Zeugma
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Zeugma \Zeug"ma\, n. [L., from Gr. ?, fr. ? to yoke, join. See
     Yoke.] (Gram.)
     A figure by which an adjective or verb, which agrees with a
     nearer word, is, by way of supplement, referred also to
     another more remote; as, "hic illius arma, hic currus fuit;"
     where fuit, which agrees directly with currus, is referred
     also to arma.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: use of a word to govern two or more words though
           appropriate to only one; "`Mr. Pickwick took his hat and
           his leave' is an example of zeugma"

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