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Meaning of homonym

hom•o•nym

Pronunciation: (hom'u-nim), [key]
— n.
  1. homophone (def. 1).
  2. a word the same as another in sound and spelling but different in meaning, as chase “to pursue” and chase “to ornament metal.”
  3. (loosely) homograph.
  4. a namesake.
  5. a name given to a species or genus that has been assigned to a different species or genus and that is therefore rejected.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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