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n. pl. to·pon·y·mies
a. The place names of a region or language.
b. The study of such place names.
2. Anatomy Nomenclature with respect to a region of the body rather than to organs or structures.

to·pon′·y·mist (-mĭst) n.
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(təˈpɒnɪmɪ) or


1. the study of place names
2. (Medicine) rare the anatomical nomenclature of bodily regions, as distinguished from that of specific organs or structures
ˌtopoˈnymic, ˌtopoˈnymical, ˌtopoˈnymal adj
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(təˈpɒn ə mi)

the study of place names.
[1875–80; top- + -onomy, on the model of synonymy; see -onym, -y3]
top•o•nym•ic (ˌtɒp əˈnɪm ɪk) top`o•nym′i•cal, adj.
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1. the study of the place names of a district.
2. Anatomy. the nomenclature of the regions of the body. — toponymie, toponymical, adj.
See also: Names
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The place names used in a particualr region or language.
Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.toponymy - the nomenclature of regional anatomytoponymy - the nomenclature of regional anatomy
nomenclature, terminology, language - a system of words used to name things in a particular discipline; "legal terminology"; "biological nomenclature"; "the language of sociology"
2.toponymy - the branch of lexicology that studies the place names of a region or a languagetoponymy - the branch of lexicology that studies the place names of a region or a language
lexicology - the branch of linguistics that studies the lexical component of language
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[təˈpɒnɪmɪ] ntoponimia
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Revealing the history and stories behind the origins of coastal place-names through the language used to describe features between Redkirk Point and Southerness, it has been created by the Solway Firth Partnership It's called Coastwise - where every name tells a story and the museum is also hosting the For Enjoyment and D&G Eco Warriors art installation until September 8.
Swedish Place-Names in Estonia with Estonian Equivalents, Ekenas (Skrifter utgivna av Svenska folkskolans vanner 158).
AFASCINATING book to dip into local history and a perfect travelling companion, Place-Names of Glamorgan provides the historical evidence and meanings of more than 1,100 place-names in the historic county of Glamorgan, from Aberafan to Ystradowen.
Place-Names of Glamorgan looks at the historical evidence and meanings of more than 1,100 names in the historic county of Glamorgan.
This failure of ours to promptly provide names to significant features of our undersea landmass and our tepid plan to provide less meaningful biological names are reflective of our lack of place-name consciousness or of the undeveloped state of toponymy - or the study of place-names or toponyms and their meanings, impacts, applications and typology - in the Philippines.
Examples specifically relevant to readers of this journal are his essays on 'Place-Names in Traditional Ballads', (9) and "'There was a Lord in Ambertown": Fictitious Place-Names in the Ballad Landscape', (10) subjects that eventually led to Bill's creation of a comprehensive place-name index for the Greig-Duncan Folk Song Collection, (11) All told, Bill spent twenty-three years at Binghamton, eventually becoming Distinguished Professor Emeritus, before retiring at the age of sixty-five and returning with May to Scotland to live in Aberdeen.
Professor O Mainnin added the idea is "concerned with the exploration of our linguistic and cultural heritage as manifested in our place-names".
A new online project - GB1900 - is calling for volunteers across Great Britain to help make sure local place-names can live on rather than be lost for ever.
For the latter part of the Anglo-Saxon period, documentary evidence provides new insights in the form of place-names involving tree species, or references to kinds of woodland, and of charters, where references to individual trees or woodland appear frequently in the boundary descriptions.
Hobbit Place-names: A Linguistic Excursion Through the Shire.
There is also a glossary of the elements which make up common place-names, e.g.
GEORGE Redmonds, world-respected authority on place-names, fleshes out my query of a couple of weeks ago about Swinney Knoll, at the top end of Honley.