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portmanteau word

A word made up of two words; for example, "vlog" is derived from "video" and "log." Pronounced "port-man-tow," this French word refers to a two-compartment traveling bag. In Lewis Carroll's "Through the Looking Glass," portmanteau was used as a metaphor for "containing two words."
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In November of 2009, The Style Invitational section of the Washington Post held a contest inviting readers to send in portmanteau words (starting with A-D) with definitions.
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The two or three final pages of The Queen of the Prisons of Greece are a rush of images and folkloric allusions culminating in a string of portmanteau words suffixed by the Greek ferous connoting transportation and metamorphosis: "limitiferous," "onceuponatimeiferous," "universiferous" and so on.