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Lexical Orphans

Lexical Orphans

A lexical orphan is a word without derivational relatives. Work, for example, has several derivational relatives, words that may be derived from it: worker, workable, workability, even the noun, work, is derived from the verb. So we say that work has a large and happy derivational family. We can't derive other words from fustian, ruse, or seraglio, so we call these words "lexical orphans".
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