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hyponymy

[ hahy-pon-uh-mee ]
/ haɪˈpɒn ə mi /
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noun Linguistics.
the state or quality of being a hyponym, a term that denotes a subcategory of a more general class: A relationship of hyponymy exists between “dog” and “animal.”
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Origin of hyponymy

1950–55; hyp- + -onymy (see -onym, -y3), on the model of homonymy, synonymy
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