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As best as I can tell, a good example is sociopath:

sociopath — from socio- on model of psychopath

socio- — combining form of [Latin] socius

pathos — from [Greek] pathos

Hence, sociopath is a word coined from roots found in two different languages. Is there a good term that describes this?

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The most common example is "television". The inventor, John Baird, coined the name by combining the Greek "tele"(distant), with the Latin "vision"(seeing). –  Urbycoz Jun 8 '11 at 13:32
    
linsey-woolsey from A Word A Day –  Mitch Jun 8 '11 at 16:25
    
Another amusing example: joeydevilla.com/2011/06/01/why-polyamory-is-wrong –  Eric Lippert Jun 8 '11 at 19:59
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I came across the term "hybrid word" when I was researching quadraphonic (which is one). This phrase would work for your situation.

Plus, "sociopath" is listed as an example of a hybrid word in the linked page.

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Although accurate, this term is not particularly useful, since it relies on context to clarify its meaning. –  Urbycoz Jun 8 '11 at 13:45
    
@Urbycoz What other meanings would "hybrid word" have? I can't think of any. –  KitFox Jun 8 '11 at 13:47
    
@Kit I'm not saying it doesn't make sense. It just doesn't seem to be immediately obvious what it would mean. –  Urbycoz Jun 8 '11 at 14:15
    
@Urbycoz You mean it's not really common usage, not that it means different things? I guess I agree with that. –  KitFox Jun 8 '11 at 14:17
    
@Kit, I like the article, but one of the issues with it is that it lists a single source zuckermann.org/pdf/Hybridity_versus_Revivability.pdf ; in which the term "hybrid word" is actually not mentioned (I could not find it). –  Unreason Jun 8 '11 at 14:38
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I don't know that there is an accepted single term for words of this sort. I suggest that we coin the self-describing term heteroradical.

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+1 for a bold proposition. But does that make the rest of our words homoradical? Just curious. –  Robusto Jun 8 '11 at 13:31
    
I reject this new term on the grounds that it is too-clever-by-half. –  Urbycoz Jun 8 '11 at 13:36
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@Robusto, naturally words from a single source are homoradical, or if you prefer, unirhizoid. –  JSBձոգչ Jun 8 '11 at 13:38
    
Maybe heterolingual compound is better? Polylingual? –  Unreason Jun 8 '11 at 14:51
    
I would +1 you for the pun, but I must confine my support to Kit for hybrid. –  Cerberus Jun 8 '11 at 17:39
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'Multilingually derived' though two separate words, avoids neologisms and says what it means.

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That's ambiguous; it could refer to a word that has been borrowed under the influence of multiple languages. Consider the several English words influenced by both Spanish and Portuguese. –  Mechanical snail Oct 11 '11 at 3:29
    
@Mechanical snail: can you give some examples? A couple which are so influenced and explain how? –  Mitch Oct 11 '11 at 11:51
    
A class of examples are from artificial languages like Esperanto, where morphemes are often intentionally chosen to be cognate to words in many languages. Examples in English: the morpheme -ado, from Spanish and Portuguese; incommunicado, word from Spanish but spelling from English (ultimately from Latin). –  Mechanical snail Oct 11 '11 at 18:16
    
@Mechanical snail: oh, that sounds exactly like what the OP is talking about, any kind of word with roots or influences from distinct parent languages. Anyway, 'hybrid' is a succinct word for the situation (i.e. it's better than mine). –  Mitch Oct 11 '11 at 20:17
    
I think he was talking about words containing one morpheme from one language and another morpheme from another. –  Mechanical snail Oct 11 '11 at 22:50
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