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Centaur words are the words coined by a combination of two words, just as a centaur is a combination of man and horse.
Smog = smoke + fog
Slithy = slim + lithe
Chortle = Chuckle + snort
Squawk = Squall + squeak
Brunch = Break fast + lunch
Motel = Motor + hotel
Mixaphor = mixed + metaphor
Transistor = transfer + resistor
Splutter = splash + sputter
Centaur Words are also called Portmanteau Words.
Here is the complete list of Portmanteau Words.