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open compound


a compound of two or more words with spaces in it, expressing one idea such as school bus, science fiction


An open compound consists of two or more words written separately, such as salad dressing.'s 21st Century Lexicon
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  • My native boy grinned; and pointed to a bucket hanging from the top of a tall pole in the open compound fronting my hut.

  • But the seconds passed, and the minutes, and no horde of demoniac figures poured across the open compound.

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