Compound words are just fun. German may be the best. They have about Zweihundertvierundachtzigtausend long compound words. But, Greek’s no slouch. And, the word for the week is a pretty creative one. Let’s say you were looking at a giraffe and trying to describe it. You think, “It’s like a cross between a camel (κάμηλος) and a leopard (πάρδαλις). Let’s call it a camel-leopard!” Well, that’s the Greek mind, and thus you have ἡ καμηλοπάρδαλις.
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