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A semordnilap is a special type of [anagram]. It is a word that, when [spelt backwards], gives you another word. For instance if you reverse the letters in the word "strap", you get "parts". This means that "strap" is a semordnilap. Other examples in English are "desserts"/"[stressed]", "[Evian]"/"naive", and "no"/"on".

The idea was created by that master of [riddle] and [wordplay], Lewis Carroll. As you may notice, it is "palindromes" spelt backwards. Presumably this is [Lewis Carroll]'s version of the old complaint that the word "palindrome" is not a [palindrome]. This type of anagram is also known to [word puzzler]s as an [anadrome], and was formerly sometimes called an [antidrome].