homonym definition

  • noun:
    • One of two or higher terms having exactly the same sound and often equivalent spelling but differ in meaning, such as lender (embankment) and bank (place in which money is held).
    • A word familiar with designate a number of different things.
    • A namesake.
    • Biology A taxonomic title identical to one previously applied to a new species or genus and for that reason unacceptable in its brand-new usage.
    • (rigid feeling) A word that both sounds and it is spelled exactly like another word but has a unique meaning.
    • A word that noises or is spelled the same as another term but features an alternative meaning, theoretically labeled as a homophone (exact same sound) or a homograph (same spelling).
    • A name for a taxon that is identical in spelling to another name that belongs to some other taxon.
    • A word having the same noise as another, but differing from it in meaning; given that noun bear and verb bear.
    • one-word always express distinct definitions, or applied as a name to various things: as, Heteropus is a homonym of eight various genera.
    • In philology, a word which will abide by another in sound, as well as perhaps in spelling, it is not similar in definition; a homophone: because, meet, beef, and mete, or perhaps the verb bear therefore the noun bear.
    • Specifically, in organized biology, a name directed at an organization (usually a genus or types) at a later date than that at which equivalent name had been given to a different team.
    • two terms tend to be homonyms if they are pronounced or spelled exactly the same way but have different meanings

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