Conflation defined: a combining, as of two variant readings of a text into a composite reading.
Origin: ME conflacioun < LL conflatio < L conflare, to blow together < com-, together + flare, to blow
NOUN—Your Dictionary.com/Webster’s New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio.
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blend, fusion; especially : a composite reading or text.
Examples of CONFLATION: the word “robustious” is probably a conflation of “robust” and “boisterous”–Merriam Webster.com
See also on 3freewordsaday: amalgam.