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In conversation today I wanted to find a set of words that have an "or" sound in their middles, as in "torrent" and "sorcerer".

I couldn't find one. Most rhyming dictionaries I found only concerned themselves with the last syllable.

I think that part of the problem is that I'm not aware of the correct term for what I'm looking for. "Rhyme" almost always means the final syllable, not anything in the middle of the word. Thus, I'm hoping English.SE can help.

Is there a term for words which share a common middle syllable? Do you know of any sources that contain sets of such words?

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See this link for definitions of Alliteration, Assonance, & Consonance, and this –  user21497 May 10 '13 at 8:16
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You could try OneLook with wildcards. It may not be perfect, but it might at least lead you down the right track. (Results likely similar to Jim's suggestion below.) Remember, too, there is more than one way to spell or (phonetically). –  J.R. May 10 '13 at 9:34
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Rhyming dictionaries care about stressed syllables onward, which is the last syllable only in masculine rhymes but not in feminine ones. Shimmering rhymes with glimmering and not with inquiring or Frodo’s ring. Also, I don’t understand what you mean by middle syllable or how it might apply to your example of torrent and sorcerer. It sounds like all you need is the IPA of the pronunciation, some understanding of syllables, and regular expressions. –  tchrist May 11 '13 at 11:11
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I don't know of a specific source for exactly what you are asking for, But:

With the Regex dictionary you can search for arbitrary regular expressions in words.

You can enter the following regex to find words that contain the letters or in the middle.

..*or.*[bcdfghjklmnpqrstvwxyz].*

The expression I used requires that a consonant appear following the or thus eliminating words that end in or. It finds 3238 words.

Enter it in the String field.

The first of the "A" words includes: abnormal abnormality aboral aboriginal aborigine abort abortifacient abortion abortionist abortive absorb absorbefacient absorptance absorption accessorise accessorize accessory accord accordance accordant accordingly accordion achlorhydria achlorophyllous acorn actinomorphic...

Have fun.

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Take a look at Rhyme Genie. It's the largest rhyming dictionary of its kind and can find reverse rhymes and first syllable rhymes. You might also find suitable words under broken rhymes.

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