amphigoric /am'feuh gawr"ik, -gor"-/, adj.
/am"fi gawr'ee, -gohr'ee/, n., pl. amphigories.
a meaningless or nonsensical piece of writing, esp. one intended as a parody.
Also, amphigouri.
[1800-10; < F amphigouri, equiv. to amphi- AMPHI- + gouri; perh. modeled on F equiv. of PHANTASMAGORIA]

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