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What is meant by the following quote and especially by 'trapezium'? I can't find any other meaning of trapezium here except the mathematical one and I can't apply that here. Please help.

India 2025 will be the theatre of pandemics, a trapezium of zoonotic ogres caused by the leviathan of callous living.

Source: Imagining an ageless Hindoostan... ten years from now

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    Ha, that's funny, trapezium is just about the only word in that sentence which I do know. – Mr Lister Jun 12 '16 at 8:21
  • What a ... cheerful ... little quote. – T.J. Crowder Jun 12 '16 at 10:21
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    Maybe "a trapezium of ogres" is one of those fancy collective animal names like "a parliament of owls" or "a wisdom of wombats"? – Federico Poloni Jun 12 '16 at 13:14
  • On reading the whole piece I am tempted to guess the word the author was thinking of, but accidentally replaced with "trapezium". – Jos Jun 12 '16 at 20:08
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    Can you tell us what "zoonotic ogres" means? Is it saying that people in India are ogres infected with diseases that originated from animals? – Azor Ahai Jun 13 '16 at 21:37
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trapezium (n.)
1.1 North American A quadrilateral with no sides parallel.
1.2 British A quadrilateral with one pair of sides parallel.
Source: Oxford Dictionaries

There doesn't seem to be a non-mathematical definition for this word. For that reason (and since the definition pertains to geometry), I'm certain trapezium is simply describing the physical shape of India. By looking at a map you can see how the shape matches one of the definitions above.

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As you can see, the shape isn't perfect, but if you approximate, it definitely comes out as a trapezium by either the North American or British definition.

Since it describes India itself, the quote is saying zoonotic ogres live within the trapezium-shaped India.

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