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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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The ending--ni is highly productive in Purepecha, and it is not possible to know for certain when we are dealing with diverse functions of a single suffix and when we are presented with homophonous morphemes.
This element, which is homophonous with the independent subject 'nominative' third person pronoun, confers a stronger emphatic tone on the sentence and places focus on the fronted element.
If swifter were used in isolation, there would be a semantic clash with the homophonous comparative form of the adjective swift, which would be, in turn, a source of misunderstandings.
To this day, among popular greetings welcoming the Chinese New Year of the Goat (including 2015) is the phrase zhu yanglou, he yangjiu (live in a yang building, drink yang alcohol), which plays on the same homophonous yang as goat versus yang as foreign pair as the missionary example above.
Elephant is xiang, [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], homophonous with xiang, appearance ([TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]), and in Warring States time the two terms were actually written with the same character (without the "man" radical on the left of the second).
This morpheme is homophonous, if not historically identical with the morpheme of the singular 2nd person imperative.
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.
Differance is a French term, deliberately homophonous with the word "difference.
The word "Gollum" is homophonous with Golem, a Hebrew word which most likely meant "unformed, amorphous" (Gunning 323).
Studies demonstrate that when a word or phrase it homophonous in several languages, and has different meanings in each register, a multilingual person experiences a merging of connotations and representations of that sound (or textual representation of the sound) in the mind.
In this sense, "triads are homophonous diamorphs: one sound, two forms" (p.
Consider the following pairs, in which the phonemes are homophonous, but the degree of time spent on the juncture articulations serves to identify one or the other: