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I know that in French, the word créée has 3 times the same consecutive letter, which is e. However, I don't think there is any other French word that has the same characteristics.

In English, for example, three-letters word are not authorized and are cut into two words, such as bee-eater, etc.

Do you happen to know if there is any other French word that has three consecutive letters like so and if we can find a word in other language that has the same characteristics?

I couldn't find any. I thought it might be found in German, but I can't think of any word that looks like it.

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In German, there are many composite words that qualify. Just take a noun ending in a double letter and add a related word starting with the same: Schneeeule - snow(y) owl, Schritttempo - walking (literally: step) speed, Betttuch - bed sheet, etc. The third letter was mostly dropped before the 1996 orthogrphy reform, though. – arne.b May 24 '13 at 11:23
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Made some queries on my local dictionary.

The same pattern as for créée is found in:

And two others: brrr which is “just” an onomatopoeia, and *désennnuyer… which is obviously a bug in my dictionary…

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Pour 3 "e" à la suite, en trouve 27 ! – Impair May 24 '13 at 9:05
Il faudrait vérifier dans l'œuvre de Shakespeare... On n'écrit pas Hamlet sans caser des e. – Impair May 24 '13 at 9:08

With three e in a row, I found also agréée and énucléée, but there could be some few others.

The other vowels, however, don't have any case of the same phenomenon.

But, of course, I didn't consider onomatopeas or made-up words used in movies for example.

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