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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.

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.
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Huehuetla Tepehua (45) wa: ?alin talpa [hunta: ktapa:sayaw] wa: ?alin talpa [hunta: ktapa:sayaw OLOC] FOC there.is hill where 1SUB-pass--IMPF--1PL.SUB:PFV __ 'There is a hill where we pass...' (Smythe Kung 2007: 598) In Huehuetla, however, hunta: 'where', is not homophonous with the interrogative word for questioning locations, tanc 'where?' (Smythe Kung 2007: 567), and in this it differs from Upper Necaxa Totonac.
The ubiquity of terms like "potato" "father," "nothing," and "soft" in daily life, as well as Hemingway's penchant for use of multilingual devices, suggest that it is important to consider "Papa" and its (almost) homophonous meanings in Caribbean Spanish.
Another example of a problem arising as a result of words being homophonous is where a participant intended sub-prime led losses, but which the program registered as sub-prime lead losses.
Loy then urges her listener to change laughter into "homophonous hiccoughs"--sounds that emerge after a particularly vehement fit of laughter or over-hasty eating; hiccoughs, in other words, are often the signs of a satiated self.
Dative and accusative ko case markers are homophonous. Both are distinctive in their semantic and syntactic configurations, and have some interesting features.
If such an "alternating" transitive verb occurs as the causative predicate in the resultative construction, one of the four directional verbs, i.e., khun 'ascend,' 109 'descend,' khaw 'enter,' and ?cck 'exit,' will be used as the resultative predicate instead of the homophonous form of the causative transitive verb to avoid repetition.
It is also possible that Loy intended for it to be a neologism, as might also have been her intention for 'homophonous' (XXIX, 65), a musical term.
In languages whose primary source of "proper" name-formation is drawn from common words ([section] 3 below), the former may remain homophonous with its base word, creating, in Nubling's view, potential obstacles to daily communication.
homophonous with io "vagina" (as it still is in West Mekeo
It may simply be a meaningless vocable syllable, homophonous with an everyday spoken Kun-barlang word (a conjunction), similar to the vocable ya described by Ford (2006:29) in Marri Ngarr lirrga.
A long-standing finding from community studies is that communication is more effective when source and receiver are homophonous, i.e., are congruent or similar in certain attributes, such as demographic variables, beliefs, and values (Lazarsfeld and Merton 1954).
This particular mistake is understandable given that the two versions are homophonous, though I also think it is at least partly due to the Tom Collins effect: appearances to the contrary (and with apologies to Mr.