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portmanteau

noun [C] uk   /pɔːtˈmæn.təʊ/  us   /pɔːrtˈmæn.toʊ/ (plural portmanteaus or portmanteaux uk   /-təʊz/  us   /-toʊz/ ) old-fashioned
a large case for carrying clothes while travelling, especially one that opens out into two parts

portmanteau

adjective [before noun] uk   /pɔːtˈmæn.təʊ/  us   /pɔːrtˈmæn.toʊ/
consisting of a wide range of things that are considered as a single thing: The Official Secrets Act was described as a piece of portmanteau legislation, covering everything from nuclear weapons to army boots.
Translations of “portmanteau”
in Chinese (Traditional) (尤指兩格式)旅行皮箱…
in Chinese (Simplified) (尤指两格式)旅行皮箱…
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