Compound nouns are words formed by two or more lexemes or lexical stems (e.g. Eng. girlfriend, Gk. akrópolis ‘high city’, < ákros ‘high’ + pólis ‘city’). The morphological process through which a compound is created is called nominal composition, or compounding.
In Ancient Greek, compounding is one of the most productive means of word-formation, a morphological tool that the language inherited from Indo-European (IE…