syllabic abbreviation

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syllabic abbreviation (plural syllabic abbreviations)

Examples (Some syllabic abbreviations)
  • COINTELPRO; from counter-intelligence program
  • CONELRAD; from control of electromagnetic radiation
  • CONMEBOL; from Confederación Sudamericana de Fútbol (Spanish for "South American Football Confederation")
  • FedEx; from Federal Express
  • INMARSAT; from INternational MARitime SATellite, an IGO
  • Interpol; from International Criminal Police Organization
  • Konami, names of Kagemasa Kozuki, Yoshinobu Nakama, Hiro Matsuda, and Shokichi Ishihara
  1. (linguistics) An abbreviation formed from syllables, usually the initial ones, of several words.
    • 2008 March 19, “HE SAYS...So nondescript is the redesign, the car all but fades”, in The Times:
      Subaru named it after the New York zip code Tribeca — a syllabic abbreviation of “Triangle Below Canal Street” — not so much to connote wealth and glamour



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