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retronym

[re-truh-nim] /ˈrɛ trə nɪm/
noun
1.
a term, as acoustic guitar, coined in modification of the original referent that was used alone, as guitar, to distinguish it from a later contrastive development, as
electric guitar.
Origin
1990-95, Americanism; retr(o-) + -onym
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