al·​pha·​gram | \ ˈalfəˌgram \
plural -s

Definition of alphagram

: a puzzle that consists in the defining of one phrase with another phrase made up of rhyming words that are spelled alike except for the first letters boy toy is an alphagram for male doll funny bunny is an alphagram for amusing little rabbit

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First Known Use of alphagram

1924, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for alphagram

alpha entry 1 + -gram (as in cryptogram)

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“Alphagram.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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