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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British Dictionary definitions for heteronym
one of two or more words pronounced differently but spelt alike: the two English words spelt ``bow'' are heteronyms Compare homograph
- heteronymous (ˌhɛtəˈrɒnɪməs), adjective
- heteronymously, adverb
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