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  1. A word, phrase, or sentence that has the property of forming another word, phrase, or sentence when its letters are reversed. A semordnilap differs from a palindrome in that the word or phrase resulting from the reversal must be different from the original word or phrase.
"desserts" and "stressed" are believed to be the longest common English semordnilaps.
"diaper" and "repaid" are semordnilaps.
Etymology: A reverse spelling of palindrome, palindromes. Macmillan http://www.macmillandictionary.com/new-words/031205-semordnilap.htm suggest that British author Michael Quinion may have been among the first to use the word, in May 2000. However, an http://www.anagrammy.com/anagrams/faq3.html anagrams FAQ page attributes it to Lewis Carrol.


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