superfoetation


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superfoetation

(ˌsuːpəfiːˈteɪʃən)
n
(Biology) a variant spelling of superfetation
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Superfoetation is the condition that arises when an animal already pregnant mates, ovulates and conceives a second fetus or second litter.
By extension, the very language of the prose, in its surfeit and superfoetation, grandeur and confusion, indicates a meaning above and beyond (or below and before) the sum of the parts of its unfolding, but not made manifest.
Thus, in his tribute to the old South-Sea House, it is the complicated "interlacings" of entries in obsolete ledgers, "their sums in triple columniation, set down with formal superfluity of cyphers" (3), along with time's further depredations - "layers of dust have accumulated (a superfoetation of dirt