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 (hŏm′ə-fōn′, hō′mə-)
One of two or more words, such as night and knight, that are pronounced the same but differ in meaning, origin, and sometimes spelling.

ho·moph′o·nous (hō-mŏf′ə-nəs) adj.


(Phonetics & Phonology) of, relating to, or denoting a homophone


(həˈmɒf ə nəs, hoʊ-)

identical in pronunciation.
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Adj.1.homophonous - characteristic of the phenomenon of words of different origins that are pronounced the same way; "'horse' and 'hoarse' are homophonous words"
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On the other hand, if that irregular cluster were to be repaired by vowel insertion, the result would be homophonous with transitive poroljon.
In this sense, "triads are homophonous diamorphs: one sound, two forms" (p.
The ubiquity of terms like "potato" "father," "nothing," and "soft" in daily life, as well as Hemingway's penchant for use of multilingual devices, suggest that it is important to consider "Papa" and its (almost) homophonous meanings in Caribbean Spanish.
One could argue that the preexistence of a homophonous noun, a cue, might preclude an alternate spelling, but the letters B, C, G, I, O, P, R, T, U, and Y, despite being exactly homophonous to the common English words be, sea, ghee, aye/eye, oh/owe, pea, are, tea, you/ewe/yew, and why (sea, aye/eye, and ewe having the additional distinction of not even containing the letter with which they are homophones), are instead spelled with unrelated nonsense words or other English words.
The word "Gollum" is homophonous with Golem, a Hebrew word which most likely meant "unformed, amorphous" (Gunning 323).
For Keydana (2013: 358) istaye is synchronically an infinitive when it governs an accusative (and in other contexts), though there also exists a homophonous dative case form of an abstract noun isti-, which is never transitive.
We give the number of homophones classified according to the syllable or mora (3) number in columns and the number of words in a homophonous set in rows for English in Table la and for Japanese in Table lb.
A reconsideration of the wordplay involving this lexeme makes it clear that this word itself reflects a popular etymology connecting "eagle" with the homophonous word for "naked.
5) The fact that many of the DMs that have homophonous forms have meaning very different from their conceptual meaning makes the relevance-theory argument even less compelling.
That the homophonous suffix -pa does not cohere in the words in (31) can be accounted for if we consider the two -pa morphemes to be two separate suffixes.
8) There is also a relation between the partitive singulars that are homophonous with short illatives and those that correspond to truncated nominatives.
8) The completive marker is homophonous with the lexical root verb [[][][].