merismus  merismus
 mer-is'-mus distributio
the distributor

The dividing of a whole into its parts.
  Puttenham provides this example. If one begins with a sentence,
"The house was outrageously plucked down." One can through merismus obtain:

"They first undermined the ground fills, they beat down the walls, they unfloored the lofts, they untiled it and pulled down the roof."

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  Sources: Day 1599 97 ("merismus," "distributio"); Putt. (1589) 230 ("merismus," "the distributor")

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