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  • chicken soup ("chicken" modifies the noun "soup")
  • school bus maintenance ("school bus" modifies the noun "maintenance")

noun adjunct (plural nouns adjunct or noun adjuncts)

  1. (grammar) A noun that modifies another noun (thus functioning adjectivally) and that is optional; it may be a single word or a compound noun or noun phrase.
    Synonyms: attributive noun, noun modifier, noun premodifier, qualifying noun, apposite noun
    • 1993, Kenneth G. Wilson, The Columbia Guide to Standard American English, page 300:
      Noun adjuncts form the first elements of hundreds of compound nouns in American English (bird house, ball field, name brand, and fieldhouse); []

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