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There's anagrams, lexigrams, palindromes and many others... But is there a name for words that have the same "size"/"length" (number of characters)?

For instance, "car" and "bat" both have 3 characters. "Eggs" and "near" both have four. Is there a special word for the size/length-based relationships these words share?

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    They're 3-letter words and 4-letter words? – Hellion Oct 9 '13 at 14:08
  • Thanks @Hellion (+1) but is it really that simple? There isn't some special name for them, like "sizeindromes", that means "words with same numbers of letters"? – TicketMonster Oct 9 '13 at 14:10
  • I don't think their is an equivalent to saying "bat is an anagram of tab". But you could say something like "car and bat are equi-length words". – MattLBeck Oct 9 '13 at 14:10
  • I don't believe that there's a special word for the general relationship, as in "cat/bar and paper/tiger are pairs of equal-letter-count words". – Hellion Oct 9 '13 at 14:17
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    No, you can invent one if you like, but don't be surprised if it doesn't catch on. Most people have no use for such a term. TLAs and ETLAs do the job pretty well already. – John Lawler Oct 9 '13 at 14:33
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"Homomegete", from μέγεθος = size ; in French "homoméguète".

  • Neither the English nor the French version exists according to google. – Chris H Oct 9 '13 at 15:17
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    Let it be so! From this point forward, words with the same "string size" (character length) will be known as homomegetes! – TicketMonster Oct 9 '13 at 17:06
  • Homage to homomegetes! – John Lawler Oct 9 '13 at 17:24
  • ELU, not DIY... – Edwin Ashworth Feb 21 '18 at 19:56

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