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hom·o·nym

 (hŏm′ə-nĭm′, hō′mə-)
n.
1. One of two or more words that have the same sound and often the same spelling but differ in meaning, such as bank (embankment) and bank (place where money is kept).
2.
a. A word used to designate several different things.
b. A namesake.
3. Biology A taxonomic name identical to one previously applied to a different species or other taxon and therefore unacceptable in its new use.

[Latin homōnymum, from Greek homōnumon, from neuter of homōnumos, homonymous; see homonymous.]

hom′o·nym′ic adj.
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Adj.1.homonymic - of or related to or being homonyms
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Context will almost always overrule ambiguity, so apart from separating occasional homonymic pairs such as la tour 'tower, castle' and le tour 'ride, trip', le manche 'handle' and la manche 'sleeve', le mode 'method' and la mode 'fashion' and so on, noun genders arguably contribute very little to that aspect of French communication (see Weber, 1999.
8) This particle can easily be confused with the homonymic conjunction ala, which has the meaning 'or'.
ANTANACLASIS: (1) punning repetition; (2) homonymic pun; (3) the use of one word (or phrase) in two senses, often contrasting, for comedy or "to drive a point home" (Frye et al.
64) The Porter scene is no ordinary jest but, as we noted with regard to the Jacobean politics of the play, a homonymic pun which toys with the audience's interpretation of the knocking.
The simultaneity of following (which implies a distinct hierarchy of priority over anteriority) with being in this homonymic coincidence, of anacoluthon with acolyte, perfectly describes the deconstructive turn of, for example, the palimpsests at work in The Typewriter's Tale: our unequivocal apprehensions of authorial origin are unsettled because we have James's words at the same time as (not prior to) Frieda's and Heyns's writing.
The Turkish name of the village, Gkerme-Kermentes, most probably derives from the homonymic place of origin of its inhabitants whose ancestors settled there in the sixteenth century having migrated from the other side of the Aegean (Savorianakis, 2000, 58).
Not even the Skriker's wildest homonymic explosions--"no mistake no mister no missed her no mist no miss no me no" (9)--are a match for some of Lacan's most famous riffs: jouissance, j'ouis-sens, jouis-sens, jouis-sans .
Furthermore, "The Glass Essay" complicates the dictum that poetry is what escapes translation by playing with homonymic translations between English and French.
Nevertheless, the dramatist, by means of the sophisticated comic subplot of The Tempest, does make playgoers feel that Caliban is free of one dangerous form of speech--disruptive homonymic jests.
21) The two extremities (ill-temper and despondency) comprise the pair of homonymic diseases of the soul, which is referred to in the Timaeus (86 E-87 A).
15) For a novella obsessed with chess, chessmen, and the chessboard, Stevens's early declaration that "I'm on the draft board here" (137) is an excellent example of the homophonic play in which Faulkner indulges, while the homonymic "check" (at once a chess move that directly attacks a king and a written bank order) is used on more than one occasion.
I just couldn't resist one more homonymic hair-hare reference.