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Portmanteau originally meant a type of suitcase with two separate parts for storage. The first use as a word combination appeared in Lewis Carroll's book Through the Looking-Glass. There Humpty Dumpty explains that some of the unusual words in Jabberwocky are other words packed together into one word, as two parts of a portmanteau suitcase are packed together.
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- "portmanteau word". Webster's New World College Dictionary. (2010). Cleveland: Wiley.
- "Portmanteau word". Encyclopedia Britannica. http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/471231/portmanteau-word. Retrieved 23 August 2013.
- Oxford dictionaries.