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1Each of two or more words having the same spelling or pronunciation but different meanings and origins (e.g. pole and pole).See also pole
- ‘Rhett Miller is king of the homonym and double meaning.’
- ‘Each court reporter might use different conventions to represent homonyms or other ambiguous words.’
- ‘Much of the chatter derives from the abundance of homonyms in Chinese, where a single sound can carry many meanings.’
- ‘The pun lost status in English, despite a wealth of homonyms.’
- ‘When my first-grader Clare typed in ‘rows’ for ‘rose,’ the device did not recognize the homonym.’
- ‘Still, the basic idea is sound: given that most of our misspellings are now corrected for us by computers, the only thing standing between us and perfect spelling is homonyms.’
- ‘There is one obligatory element of the New Year's feast all over China, and that is a whole fish, because the Chinese phrase ‘have fish’ (you yu) is a homonym of ‘have surplus’, so eating it is supposed to augur well for the new year.’
- ‘Obviously, ‘compliment’ and ‘complement’ are homonyms.’
- ‘Read aloud again, looking for word problems: missing words, wrong homonyms (their when you mean there), misspellings, grammatical errors, and confusing words.’
- ‘What exactly are the differences between synonyms, antonyms, and homonyms?’
- ‘Though as Dave Heasman points out far too often, I still mix up homonyms.’
- ‘He fractured grammar to create double or triple meanings; he developed enigmas to give his readers the satisfaction of interpreting them; he used a vocabulary of homonyms and antonyms to create multiple possible meanings…’
- ‘So much humor depends upon homonyms and creative mishearing.’
- 1.1Biology A Latin name which is identical to that of a different organism, the newer of the two names being invalid.
- ‘Official codes of nomenclature continue to enforce this rule - one name, one species - although rooting out synonyms and homonyms is a constant struggle.’
- ‘In 1895 C.S. Sargent assigned it the name R. michauxii to correct Michaux's use of a homonym and to honor its discoverer.’
- ‘This is clearly an error as Miller and Gurley's younger name could not have priority over Meek and Worthen's older name, unless it was a replacement name for a homonym.’
Late 17th century: via Latin from Greek homōnumon, neuter of homōnumos ‘having the same name’, from homos ‘same’ + onoma ‘name’.
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