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(ˈæmfɪɡərɪ) or


n, pl -ries or -ris
(Poetry) a piece of nonsensical writing in verse or, less commonly, prose
[C19: from French amphigouri, of unknown origin]
amphigoric adj
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(ˈæm fɪˌgɔr i, -ˌgoʊr i)

n., pl. -ries.
a meaningless or nonsensical piece of writing, esp. one intended as a parody.
[1800–10; < French amphigouri]
am`phi•gor′ic (-ˈgɔr ɪk, -ˈgɒr-) adj.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.amphigory - nonsensical writing (usually verse)
hokum, meaninglessness, nonsense, nonsensicality, bunk - a message that seems to convey no meaning
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The presentation's odd title, "Phigor," might be an indirect allusion to this: It's not a word, but this sequence of letters does appear in the midst of the word amphigory, which means a piece of rigmarole or nonsense and Contains the prefix amphi-, to which Merriam-Wehster's Collegiate Dictionary gives the meanings "both, of both kinds, on both sides, about, around."
Briefly, "'Demi Ran, Nan,' Anna Rimed" is a rhyming and metrical end-to-end-palindromic amphigory of 2767 syllables (a convenient length measure) in 92 quatrains whose rhyme scheme is a-b-a-b with double (feminine) and single (masculine) rhymes alternating throughout, none repeating, and whose meter is trochaic tetrameter in alternating 8-syllable and 7-syllable lines.
There are various specific forms of nonsense verse, including amphigory, double dactyl, holorhyme, and limerick.