endocentric

adjective

en·​do·​centric
¦endō+
: having the same grammatical function as one of its immediate constituents that does not modify the other immediate constituent
used of a compound or construction (such as blackbird, which is like bird in function, or my little Mary, which is like Mary in function)
compare exocentric

Word History

Etymology

end- + -centric

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“Endocentric.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/endocentric. Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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