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English definition of “-cum-”

-cum-

preposition    /kʊm, kʌm/
used to join two nouns, showing that a person or thing does two things or has two purposes; combined with: She appointed the actor-cum-diplomat to the post.
(Definition of -cum- preposition from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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