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[hom-uh-nim] /ˈhɒm ə nɪm/

Phonetics. a word pronounced the same as another but differing in meaning, whether spelled the same way or not, as heir and air; a (def 1).
a word that is both a homophone and a homograph, that is, exactly the same as another in sound and spelling but different in meaning, as chase “to pursue” and chase “to ornament metal.”.
(loosely) a word of the same written form as another but of different meaning and usually origin, whether pronounced the same way or not, as bear “to carry; support” and bear “animal” or lead “to conduct” and lead “metal;” a .
Obsolete. a namesake.
Biology. a name given to a species or genus that has already been assigned to a different species or genus and that is therefore rejected.
one of a group of words pronounced or spelt in the same way but having different meanings Compare homograph, homophone
a person with the same name as another
(biology) a name for a species or genus that should be unique but has been used for two or more different organisms

1807, from French homonyme and directly from Latin homonymum (Quintilian), from Greek homonymon, neuter of homonymos, from homos “same” (see homo- (1)) + onyma, dialectal form of onoma “name” (see name (n.)).


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  • Homonymous

    [huh-mon-uh-muh s, hoh-] /həˈmɒn ə məs, hoʊ-/ adjective 1. of the nature of homonyms; having the same name. adj. 1620s, from Latin homonymus, from Greek homonymos “having the same name” (see homonym). Homonymy “quality of being homonymous” is from 1590s. homonymous ho·mon·y·mous (hō-mŏn’ə-məs, hə-) adj.

  • Homonymous-construction

    noun, Grammar. 1. a construction that consists of the same morphemes in the same order as those of another construction, as Flying planes can be dangerous, in which planes in one construction is the object of flying, and in another the subject of can; a terminal string of formatives having two or more structural descriptions.

  • Homonymous diplopia

    homonymous diplopia n. A form of double vision in which the false image is on the same side as the affected eye, due to convergent squint or muscle paralysis. Also called direct diplopia.

  • Homonymous hemianopsia

    homonymous hemianopsia n. Hemianopsia of the right or left halves of the visual field of both eyes. Also called lateral hemianopsia.

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