Centaur Words

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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.

Examples :

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.

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