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Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Definitions for toponym

  1. a place name.
  2. a name derived from the name of a place.

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Citations for toponym
To christen the inhabitants of his faraway galaxies, George Lucas, the film's creator, made numerous references to some earthly names: Darth Vader (dark water), Luke Skywalker (walks through the sky), Princess Leia (lei -- garland of flowers) and Han Solo (the lone hand). Mr. Lucas's poetry also extends to naming planets. Consider his most prominent toponym, a cold planet named Hoth. Roger Bromfield, "'Star Wars' Names Resonate in Time," New York Times, February 14, 1997
The evocative resonance between the name, Balbec or Venice, and the experience of the place itself, unleashes the signifying power of the toponym into the imagination. Elisabeth Hodges, Urban Poetics in the French Renaissance, 2008
Origin of toponym
1890-1895
Toponym blends top- meaning "place" and -onym meaning "word; name." It entered English in the late 1800s.
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