loanshift

[ lohn-shift ]
/ ˈloʊnˌʃɪft /

noun Linguistics.

change or extension of the meaning of a word through the influence of a foreign word, as in the application in English of the meaning “profession” to the word calling through the influence of Latin vocātio.
a word created by loanshift.

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Which of the following animal names traces its immediate origin to Portuguese?

Origin of loanshift

First recorded in 1945–50; loan1 + shift
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