|1.||the unintentional misuse of a word by confusion with one of similar sound, esp when creating a ridiculous effect, as in I am not under the affluence of alcohol|
|2.||the habit of misusing words in this manner|
|[C18: after Mrs Malaprop in Sheridan's play The Rivals (1775), a character who misused words, from |
|a calculus or concretion found in the stomach or intestines of certain animals, esp. ruminants, formerly reputed to be an effective remedy for poison.|
|the offspring of a zebra and a donkey.|
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