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[tuh-pon-uh-mee] /təˈpɒn ə mi/
the study of toponyms.
Anatomy. the nomenclature of the regions of the body.
1875-80; top- + -onomy, on the model of homonymy, synonymy; see -onym, -y3
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[top-uh-nim-ik] /ˌtɒp əˈnɪm ɪk/ (Show IPA),
toponymical, adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for toponymy


the study of place names
(rare) the anatomical nomenclature of bodily regions, as distinguished from that of specific organs or structures
Derived Forms
toponymic (ˌtɒpəˈnɪmɪk), toponymical, adjective
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Encyclopedia Article for toponymy

taxonomic study of place-names, based on etymological, historical, and geographical information. A place-name is a word or words used to indicate, denote, or identify a geographic locality such as a town, river, or mountain. Toponymy divides place-names into two broad categories: habitation names and feature names. A habitation name denotes a locality that is peopled or inhabited, such as a homestead, village, or town, and usually dates from the locality's inception. Feature names refer to natural or physical features of the landscape and are subdivided into hydronyms (water features), oronyms (relief features), and places of natural vegetation growth (meadows, glades, groves).

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