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homonym

(hŏm′ə-nĭm′, hō′mə-)
n.
1. One of two or more words that have the same sound and often the same spelling but differ in meaning, such as bank (embankment) and bank (place where money is kept).
2.
a. A word used to designate several different things.
b. A namesake.
3. Biology A taxonomic name identical to one previously applied to a different species or other taxon and therefore unacceptable in its new use.

hom′o·nym′ic adj.
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homonym

a specific or generic name that has been used for two or more different organisms. The homonym published first is designated as ‘senior’, and ‘junior’ if published last.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005
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Here, we describe how the new ontology models three interesting problems: homonyms (one-spelling, many-meanings), synonyms (many-spellings, one-meaning), and part-of-speech information.
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The genus name Ernodes is previously published for another taxon, making it a junior homonym. In accordance with Article 60 of the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature, we propose a substitute name for this genus name.
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For instance, when an American suggested the name Zhu Jin Ta [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII.], or "Pearl Gold Tower," which incorporated the "pearl" of the Pearl River and the "gold" of Goldberg, a Foreign Service National employee quickly pointed out that that name in Cantonese was a homonym for the urn where a deceased person's ashes are kept.
The significance of this tale is that the creation of the duplicate name, a homonym, did not come to light until 2001, over 30 years after the name was used a second time.