|a calculus or concretion found in the stomach or intestines of certain animals, esp. ruminants, formerly reputed to be an effective remedy for poison.|
|a gadget; dingus; thingumbob.|
|1.||a witty, often paradoxical remark, concisely expressed|
|2.||a short, pungent, and often satirical poem, esp one having a witty and ingenious ending|
|[C15: from Latin epigramma, from Greek: inscription, from epigraphein to write upon, from graphein to write]|
Any pithy, witty saying or short poem. An aphorism can serve as an epigram, if it is brief.
Note: Several authors are noted for their epigrams, including Mark Twain and Oscar Wilde. One of Wilde's epigrams is “I can resist everything except temptation.”
Note: Two other words are similar: an epigraph is usually an inscription, as on a statue; an epitaph can be such an inscription or it can be a brief literary note commemorating a dead person.