Definition - A word formed by combining parts of other words. As opposed to a compound, which is a word formed by combining whole words.

Example -

(1) brunch (breakfast + lunch)
(2) camcorder (camera + recorder)
(3) motel (motor + hotel)

Etymology -
The word derives from the Mercian blondan or Old Norse blanda, to mix, or a combination of the two. Both of these words probably derive from the PIE *bhlendh-, to glimmer indistinctly.

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