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heteronym

[ het-er-uh-nim ]
/ ˈhɛt ər ə nɪm /
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noun
a word spelled the same as another but having a different sound and meaning, as lead (to conduct) and lead (a metal).
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Origin of heteronym

From the Late Greek word heterṓnymos, dating back to 1880–85. See hetero-, -onym
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British Dictionary definitions for heteronym

heteronym
/ (ˈhɛtərəʊˌnɪm) /

noun
one of two or more words pronounced differently but spelt alikethe two English words spelt ``bow'' are heteronyms Compare homograph

Derived forms of heteronym

heteronymous (ˌhɛtəˈrɒnɪməs), adjectiveheteronymously, adverb

Word Origin for heteronym

C17: from Late Greek heteronumos, from Greek hetero- + onoma name
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