chiasmus [kahy-az-muh s]
noun, plural chiasmi [kahy-az-mahy] Rhetoric.
1. a reversal in the order of words in two otherwise parallel phrases, as in “He went to the country, to the town went she.”.
Origin: 1870-75; < Greek chiasmós, equivalent to chi chi1 + -asmos masculine noun suffix, akin to -asma; see chiasma
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