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noun, plural syn·on·y·mies for 3, 4.
  1. the quality of being synonymous; equivalence in meaning.
  2. the study of synonyms.
  3. a set, list, or system of synonyms.
  4. Biology. a list of the scientific names, with explanatory matter and location of type or types, for a particular taxonomic group.
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Origin of synonymy

1600–10; < Late Latin synōnymia < Greek synōnymía. See synonymous, -y3
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noun plural -mies
  1. the study of synonyms
  2. the character of being synonymous; equivalence
  3. a list or collection of synonyms, esp one in which their meanings are discriminated
  4. biology a collection of the synonyms of a species or group
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