HOMONYM (Gr. ojtooi'ojios, having the same name, from ojuos, same, alike, and ovo^a, name), a term in philology for those words which differ in sense but are alike either in sound or spelling or both. Words alike only in spelling but rot in sound, e.g. " bow," are sometimes called homographs ; and words alike only in sound but not in spelling, e.g. " meat," " meet," homophones. Skeat (Etymol. Diet.) gives a list of English homonyms.
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