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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.
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(Linguistics) a word that has entered the language through the perpetuation, in dictionaries, etc, of an error
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a word that has come into existence by error rather than by normal linguistic transmission.
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|Noun||1.||ghost word - a word form that has entered the language through the perpetuation of an error|
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