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Wordplay: Isograms

An isogram is a word in which no letter is repeated. These three words are each one letter short of the record-holders, "dermatoglyphics" and "uncopyrightable".

Brachypolemius Wittmer, 1950 (beetle)
Macroxyletinus (beetle)
Schizotrypanum (subgenus of trypanosome)

Pair Isograms

In pair isograms, each letter occurs exactly twice.

Taeniodontidae (lower Eocene edentate)
Cicadellidae (leafhopper)
Aphrophora (spittlebug)
Callictita (lycaenid butterfly)
Cercartetus nanus (eastern pygmy possum)

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