noun phrase
noun Usage: often capitalized N&P Date: 1923 a phrase formed by a noun and all its modifiers and determiners; broadly any syntactic element (as a clause, clitic, pronoun, or zero element) with a noun's function (as the subject of a verb or the object of a verb or preposition) — abbreviation NP

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