Is there any 5-letter English word that uses only 2 distinct letters?

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2 Answers 2


This regex dictionary returns 34 matches. I removed the ones that were proper nouns or that I couldn't find definitions of:

ajaja: species name of the roseate spoonbill?
alala: ʻalalā, a Hawaiian crow.
anana: alternate name for a pineapple?
arara: a palm cockatoo.
cocco: a taro tuber.
esses: plural of "ess", the letter S.
hoooo: transliteration of Japanese 鳳凰 (phoenix).
mamma: alternative spelling of "mama", or a mammary gland.
nanna: a word for a grandmother.
pappa: a word for a father.
susus: plural of "susu", a money sharing group.
taata: a word for a father.
tatta: a bamboo frame.
uhhuh: (usually hyphenated) an affirmative response.
ululu: a wail.
unnun: to cause someone to stop being a nun.
xxiii: Roman numerals for 23 (32, 39, 41, etc. weren't listed but would also work the same).

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    $\begingroup$ What's the regex for that? $\endgroup$
    – Carl
    Jul 17, 2016 at 2:48
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks. I think MAMMA is the one word that comes closest to qualifying as an "English word". $\endgroup$
    – user4745
    Jul 17, 2016 at 3:02
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    $\begingroup$ @Carl ^([a-z])\1*([a-z])(\1|\2)*$ with the length restricted to 5 produces that list. $\endgroup$
    – f''
    Jul 17, 2016 at 3:04
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    $\begingroup$ Anti-Wordle players from the future are grateful for this answer. $\endgroup$
    – smcg
    Mar 20, 2022 at 21:16

Some I can think of are:

ESSES, the plural of ess (the letter S)
MAMMA, "a mammary gland and its accessory parts"


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