The property of being a homonym.

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  • Homonymy — Ho*mon y*my, n. [Gr. ?: cf. F. homonymie.] 1. Sameness of name or designation; identity in relations. Holland. [1913 Webster] Homonymy may be as well in place as in persons. Fuller. [1913 Webster] 2. Sameness of name or designation of things or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Homonymy — Law of Homonymy, Principle of Homonymy any name that is a junior homonym of an available name must be rejected and replaced. The principle that the name of each taxon must be unique …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • homonymy — homonym ► NOUN ▪ each of two or more words having the same spelling or pronunciation but different meanings and origins. DERIVATIVES homonymic adjective homonymous adjective homonymy noun. ORIGIN Greek hom numos having the same name , from homos… …   English terms dictionary

  • homonymy — noun Date: 1597 the quality or state of being homonymous …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • homonymy — /heuh mon euh mee, hoh /, n. homonymous state. [1545 55; < LL homonymia < Gk homonymía, equiv. to homónym(os) HOMONYMOUS + ia Y3] * * * …   Universalium

  • homonymy — homonyms …   Philosophy dictionary

  • homonymy — n. quality or condition of being homonymous; identicalness of name or designation of things or persons that are different …   English contemporary dictionary

  • homonymy — ho·mon·y·my …   English syllables

  • homonymy — /həˈmɒnəmi/ (say huh monuhmee) noun homonymous state. {Late Latin homōnymia} …   Australian English dictionary

  • homonymy — noun the relation between two words that are spelled the same way but differ in meaning or the relation between two words that are pronounced the same way but differ in meaning • Hypernyms: ↑linguistic relation …   Useful english dictionary

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