One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A conjunction or opposition, especially of the moon with the sun.‘the planets were aligned in syzygy’
- ‘In case you didn't know, Earth, the Moon, and the Sun are in syzygy every time they line up in space.’
- ‘Maximum gravitation force occurs when a syzygy and perigee occur on the same day as perihelion.’
- ‘Once more, I was looking at a three-dimensional picture of the solar system during the syzygy, but this was much further along in time.’
- ‘The last syzygy is the new or full moon preceding the chart.’
- ‘The Moon may be said to be in syzygy when it is at either of these points.’
2A pair of connected or corresponding things.
- ‘She is not one-in-herself, but acts as a female counterpart or syzygy to some male.’
Early 17th century: via late Latin from Greek suzugia, from suzugos ‘yoked, paired’, from sun- ‘with, together’ + the stem of zeugnunai ‘to yoke’.
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