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One of two or more words that have identical spellings but different meanings and pronunciations, such as row (a series of objects arranged in a line), pronounced (rō), and row (a fight), pronounced (rou).
[Back-formation from heteronymous.]
(Linguistics) one of two or more words pronounced differently but spelt alike: the two English words spelt 'bow' are heteronyms. Compare homograph
[C17: from Late Greek heteronumos, from Greek hetero- + onoma name]
het•er•o•nym(ˈhɛt ər ə nɪm)
a word spelled the same as another but having a different sound and meaning, as lead (to conduct) and lead (a metal).
het`er•on′y•mous (-əˈrɒn ə məs) adj.
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|Noun||1.||heteronym - two words are heteronyms if they are spelled the same way but differ in pronunciation; "the word `bow' is an example of a heteronym"|
word - a unit of language that native speakers can identify; "words are the blocks from which sentences are made"; "he hardly said ten words all morning"