homonymy

homonymy

[huh-mon-uh-mee, hoh-]
noun
homonymous state.

Origin:
1545–55; < Late Latin homōnymia < Greek homōnymía, equivalent to homṓnym(os) homonymous + -ia -y3

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homonym (ˈhɒmənɪm)
 
n
1.  homograph Compare homophone one of a group of words pronounced or spelt in the same way but having different meanings
2.  a person with the same name as another
3.  biology a name for a species or genus that should be unique but has been used for two or more different organisms
 
[C17: from Latin homōnymum, from Greek homōnumon, from homōnumos of the same name; see homo-, -onym]
 
homo'nymic
 
adj
 
ho'monymous
 
adj
 
homo'nymity
 
n
 
ho'monymy
 
n

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