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ghost word

n.
A word that has come into a dictionary, grammar, or other scholarly work as a result of a misreading or misinterpretation, as by mistaking a typographical error for an actual word.

ghost word

n
(Linguistics) a word that has entered the language through the perpetuation, in dictionaries, etc, of an error

ghost′ word`


n.
a word that has come into existence by error rather than by normal linguistic transmission.
[1885–90]
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Noun1.ghost word - a word form that has entered the language through the perpetuation of an error
descriptor, form, signifier, word form - the phonological or orthographic sound or appearance of a word that can be used to describe or identify something; "the inflected forms of a word can be represented by a stem and a list of inflections to be attached"
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In addition to expanded the rather limited knowledge of the lexicon, he improves and refines the definitions of many attested Neo-Mandaic words, and weeds out ghost words and intrusions from Classical Mandaic.
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He lived long enough to tell of it in ghost words, in signs.