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I took twenty 9-letter everyday English words from the Merriam-Webster dictionary, broke them into sixty 3-letter pieces and ordered the sixty pieces alphabetically:

    acc all ant but day dif eap eid ent ent ent eph equ erd erf ess eth far fer fly  
    gar hol imp ine ing ion ipm lio lpo mar mho myt nes new nut ogy one ort ory own  
    pin ple por rec rel rit row sag sca sco som tel ter tfo und use wat wed wer wil

What are the twenty 9-letter words?

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These should be all twenty:

different mythology telephone equipment portfolio
pineapple willpower margarine wednesday important
waterfall butterfly scarecrow accessory nutrition
scoundrel eiderdown farmhouse something newsagent

I found about half of them myself, so credit to the other answers as well. I think they only missed one between them (last one in my list).

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I managed to find 18 so far:

willpower
margarine
portfolio
wednesday
mythology
farmhouse
telephone
eiderdown
pineapple
waterfall
scoundrel
equipment
important
scarecrow
differing
accessory
butterfly
nutrition

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    $\begingroup$ the one you have ending in "ing" should be "ent", this would allow you to round out the last two with "something" and "newsagent" - very, very close! $\endgroup$ – corsiKa Mar 2 '15 at 1:56
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This is not the full answer, but more is not possible with my dictionary

different, butterfly, equipment, important, mythology, pineapple, something, portfolio, telephone, wednesday, willpower, recession, margarine, farmhouse and maybe eiderdown

One of the problems is "ter". There is

territory, scatering, waterfall

and this results in multiple answers. If nobody will find the rest I extend my lines with some bruteforcing logic.

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    $\begingroup$ I'm pretty sure "scatering" is a typo in your dictionary and not an actual word. $\endgroup$ – March Ho Mar 1 '15 at 19:39
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    $\begingroup$ "Waterfall" is wat + erf + all, so it doesn't actually use the ter piece. $\endgroup$ – Kevin Mar 1 '15 at 19:41
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    $\begingroup$ thank you.. scatering is in real scattering ... I should use another dict. $\endgroup$ – Varon Mar 1 '15 at 20:05
  • $\begingroup$ ter is in butterfly $\endgroup$ – Penguino Mar 1 '15 at 23:57

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