mon·de·green | \ˈmän-də-ˌgrēn \

Definition of mondegreen 

: a word or phrase that results from a mishearing of something said or sung "very close veins" is a mondegreen for "varicose veins"

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That’s called a mondegreen, when a word or phrase is created after mishearing something said or sung. Southern Living, "Today Is National Ampersand Day," 8 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of mondegreen

1954, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mondegreen

from the mishearing in a Scottish ballad of "laid him on the green" as "Lady Mondegreen"

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