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Meaning of appellative

ap•pel•la•tive

Pronunciation: (u-pel'u-tiv), [key]
— n.
  1. a descriptive name or designation, as Bald in Charles the Bald.
  2. a common noun.
—adj.
  1. designative; descriptive.
  2. tending toward or serving for the assigning of names: the appellative function of some primitive rites.
  3. pertaining to a common noun.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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