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  • adj. using an inclusive term for something included, or vice versa; using something spoken of as the whole (hand for laborer) or vice-versa (the court for the judge).

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  • adj. using the name of a part for that of the whole or the whole for the part; or the special for the general or the general for the special; or the material for the thing made of it


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