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What is a compound?

 

Definition
 

A compound is a word containing a stem that is made up of more than one root.

Example (English)
 

Blackboard contains a stem that refers to "a large, smooth, usually dark surface on which to write or draw with chalk". However, the stem is made up of two roots, black and board.

 
Source:

Neufeldt 1991 144


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