amphibolous

amphibolous

[am-fib-uh-luhs]
adjective
ambiguous or equivocal, especially when due to the uncertain grammatical construction of a word or phrase.

Origin:
1635–45; < Latin amphibolus < Greek amphíbolos thrown on both sides, ambiguous, equivalent to amphi- amphi- + -bol- (verbid of bállein to throw) + -os -ous

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amphibology or amphiboly (ˌæmfɪˈbɒlədʒɪ, æmˈfɪbəlɪ)
 
n , pl -gies, -lies
ambiguity of expression, esp when due to a grammatical construction, as in save rags and waste paper
 
[C14: from Late Latin amphibologia, ultimately from Greek amphibolos ambiguous; see amphibole, -logy]
 
amphiboly or amphiboly
 
n
 
[C14: from Late Latin amphibologia, ultimately from Greek amphibolos ambiguous; see amphibole, -logy]
 
amphi'bolic or amphiboly
 
adj
 
amphibolous or amphiboly
 
adj
 
amphibological or amphiboly
 
adj
 
amphibo'logically or amphiboly
 
adv

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