List of portmanteaus

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This is a selection of portmanteau words.


  • beefalo, from beef and buffalo
  • Brangus, from Brahman and Angus breeds of cattle
  • cameleopard, from camel and leopard
  • cockapoo, from Cocker Spaniel and Poodle
  • donkra, from donkey and zebra (progeny of donkey stallion and zebra mare) cf. zedonk below
  • geep, from goat and sheep (progeny of)
  • goldendoodle, from golden retriever and poodle ("doodle" in reference to the Labradoodle)
  • hebra, from horse and zebra (progeny of horse stallion and zebra mare) cf. zorse below
  • hinny, from horse and jenny (progeny of horse stallion and donkey mare)
  • jackalope, from jackrabbit and antelope
  • labradoodle, from Labrador Retriever and Poodle
  • liger, from lion and tiger (progeny of male lion and tigress) cf. tiglon/tigon below
  • maltipoo, from Maltese and poodle
  • pegacorn, from Pegasus and unicorn
  • pekapoo, from Pekinese and Poodle
  • polecat, from pole and cat
  • puggle, from Pug and Beagle
  • schnoodle, from schnauzer and poodle
  • sheeple, from sheep and people
  • squitten, from squirrel and kitten
  • tigon, from tiger and lion (progeny of male tiger and lioness) cf. liger above
  • wallaroo, from wallaby and kangaroo
  • wholphin, from whale and dolphin
  • zedonk, from zebra and donkey (progeny of zebra stallion and donkey mare) cf. donkra above
  • zorse, from zebra and horse (progeny of zebra stallion and horse mare) cf. hebra above

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Organizations and companies[edit]

  • Accenture, from accent and future (accent on the future)
  • Adidas, from Adolf "Adi" Dassler
  • Alitalia, from Ali (Italian translation for wings) and Italia (Italy)
  • Alstom, from Alsace and Thompson-Houston. Originally spelled "Alsthom", the "h" was removed in 2008 (the company was named GEC-Alsthom at the time).
  • AmEx, from American Express or American Stock Exchange
  • Amstrad, from Alan Michael Sugar Trading
  • Amtrak, from American and track
  • Bakerloo line, from Baker Street and Waterloo Railway
  • Caldor, from the names of the chain's founders, CArL and DORothy Bennett.
  • CAPCOM, from capsule and communicator, the person at a NASA ground station responsible for maintaining voice communications with orbiting manned space capsules
  • Carborundum, from carbon and corundum
  • Citibank, from city and bank; formerly known as the First National City Bank of New York
  • Citigroup, from city and group
  • Citizendium, from Citizens' Compendium
  • Comcast, from communication and broadcast
  • ComEd from commonwealth and (Thomas) Edison; the largest electric utility in Illinois that serves the Chicago area
  • Compaq, from compatibility and quality
  • ConDem, from Conservative and Democrats; a collective name for the 2010 UK coalition government between the Conservative and the Liberal Democrat Party
  • ConEd, from Consolidated and (Thomas) Edison; a large electric utility in the New York metropolitan area
  • CONMEBOL, from Confederación Sudamericana de Fútbol (Spanish for "South American Football Confederation")
  • Conservapedia, from conservative and Wikipedia
  • Copa, from compania and Panamena
  • Creamsicle, from cream and popsicle
  • Dash (cryptocurrency), from Digital and Cash
  • Debian, from Ian Murdock and his wife Debra
  • Digitas, from Digital and Veritas
  • Edexcel, from educational and excellence
  • FedEx, from the company's original name, Federal Express
  • FoMoCo, from Ford, Motor, and Company
  • Fluidrive, from fluid and drive
  • Fudgsicle, from fudge and popsicle
  • Funimation, from fun and animation
  • FunNoodle, from fun and noodle
  • Garmin, from Gary Burrell and Min Kao
  • Groupon, from group and coupon
  • Imagineering, from Imagine (or Imagination) and Engineering
  • Intel, from integrated and electronics
  • Interpol, from International Police (in full, The International Criminal Police Commission), founded 1923 with headquarters in Paris.
  • Kmart, from S. S. Kresge and mart
  • LATAM, from Lan Airlines and TAM Airlines
  • Lenovo, from legend and "novo" (Latin ablative for "new")
  • Mattel, from Harold "Matt" Matson and Elliot Handler
  • Medi-Cal, California's name for their Medicaid program, from medical and California
  • Medicaid, from medicine/medical and aid
  • Medicare, from medicine/medical and care
  • Microsoft, from microcomputer and software
  • Mitel, from Michael Cowpland and Terry Matthews and Lawnmowers after the company's original business plan
  • NatWest, from National Westminister Bank
  • Netflix, from internet and flicks (slang for movie)
  • Nikon, from Nippon Kōgaku and Ikon
  • Pan Am from Pan and American
  • Pinterest, from pin and interest
  • Poo-Pourri, from poo and potpourri
  • Popsicle, from (soda) pop or lollipop and Epsicle (Epsicle itself a portmanteau of Epperson (“the surname of the inventor”) and icicle)
  • Prancercise, from prance and exercise
  • Prevacid, from prevent and acid
  • Qualcomm, from Quality and Communications
  • Sega, from Service Games
  • Sony, from sonus (Latin for sound) and sonny (slang for youngster)
  • Toonami, from cartoon and tsunami
  • Toshiba, from Shibaura Seisaku-sho and Tokyo Denki through the merger of Tokyo Shibaura Electric K.K.
  • Travelocity, from travel and velocity
  • Triscuit, from triple (three ingredients) and biscuit
  • Ultrabook, from ultraportable and notebook
  • Verizon, from veritas (Latin for truth) and horizon
  • Victorinox, from Victoria (the company founder's mother) and inox (stainless steel)
  • Waitrose, from Wallace Waite and Arthur Rose
  • Walmart, from Sam Walton and mart
  • Wikimedia, from Wikipedia and media
  • Wikipedia, from wiki and encyclopedia
  • WinCo, from Winning Company (related: WINCO as backronym, meaning 'Washington, Idaho, Nevada, California, and Oregon', the five states where the company originally operated stores)
  • Yokomo, from Yokobori Model (original name)
  • Yosicle, from yogurt and popsicle



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