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I am pretty confident that there is a term describing the phenomenon of a compound which is created from words of different languages, e.g.:

  • “eigenvalue” – made from German “eigen” and English “value”, or

  • “aqualite” – made from Latin “aqua” and Greek “λῖϑος”

Does anyone know what that term is? Also do you have other examples for this phenomenon? I’m especially interested in Greek/Latin.

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These are so called hybrid words. And indeed, in English the majority of such words is of mixed Greek-Latin origin, so there exists a separate term for members of such subset - a Classical compound.

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  • Thanks! I could have sworn that I once knew another term for this which isn’t that obvious. – k.stm Apr 29 '13 at 12:27
  • you are very welcome, if you'll recall what is the other term, just let a comment or answer here ) – shabunc Apr 29 '13 at 14:33
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    Macaronic is used of verse which mixes languages: I wouldn't be surprised if it had also been applied to such compounds. – Colin Fine Apr 29 '13 at 17:31
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I would say that "eigenvalue" is a semi-translation of "Eigenwert". There is no such word as "aqualite".

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  • "There is no such word as "aqualite"" because the OP should have written "aqualithe", as the greek theta "ϑ" is usually transliterated into "th". And it seems that the word is French ... since my search engine responds in French when I look for it on the web. – babou Feb 20 '14 at 23:49
  • It is the brand name of a French company, not however a French word. – fdb Feb 20 '14 at 23:53
  • You are right. Actually it has been used to name a kind of stone in fantasy games too (which mislead me). Whatever the case, it is still an example, as it was clearly chosen to be meaningful. But I certainly will not make an issue of it. It is the bad transliteration I was interested in. – babou Feb 20 '14 at 23:59

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