I'm looking for words that contain at least two other overlapping words. Word category or origin do not matter (in particular, constituent and containing terms may differ in these regards). Of course, convincing arguments why this quest is in vain or will only produce esoteric results are welcome, too, as are hints to suitable resources.

Background: work related to full text queries of a specialized search engine.

Examples: Obviously, I haven't come up with any. grapefruit bat would be a candidate if it would exist ...

  • What about portmanteaus? like brunch (breakfast + lunch) and Eurasia (Europe + Asia). – Anonym May 19 '15 at 14:21
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    No portmanteaus. – collapsar May 19 '15 at 14:22
  • Superficially, a teaspoonful, for example, has spoon "overlapping" across teaspoon and spoonful. But that's a single word, whereas OP's hypothetical grapefruit bat would be two words anyway. I'm not clear what exactly is being asked for here. – FumbleFingers May 19 '15 at 14:32
  • Are you looking for words like baleful where bale and ale overlap? If yes, I'm sure there are plenty, but I am not sure this site is the right place to construct such a list... – oerkelens May 19 '15 at 14:53
  • do the two overlapping words have to then make up the entire word? If not there's going to be thousands of examples – Golden Dragon May 19 '15 at 14:54

There's some triple compound words that are overlapping double compound words:

backwoodsman - backwoods and woodsman
crossbowman - crossbow and bowman
overlordship - overlord and lordship

but what about words like fate - fat and ate? Is this really an interesting problem, or one best suited for a computer search?

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