polyptoton  polyptoton
 po-lyp-to'-ton from Gk. poly, "many" and ptotos, "falling" or ptosis, "[grammatical] case"
traductio, adnominatio
the tranlacer, many inflections

Repeating a word, but in a different form. Using a cognate of a given word in close proximity.
  With eager feeding food doth choke the feeder.
—John of Gaunt in Shakespeare's Richard II 2.1.37
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  Sources: Isidore 1.36.17; Fraunce (1588) 1.25; Putt. (1589) 213 ("traductio," "the tranlacer"); Day 1599 86 ("polyptoton," "traductio")

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