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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.]
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(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]
heteronymous adj
ˌheterˈonymously adv
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(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).
[1880–85; < Late Greek heterṓnymos. See hetero-, -onym]
het`er•on′y•mous (-əˈrɒn ə məs) adj.
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Noun1.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"
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To make its mark, StarKist reached out to Leo Burnett which, touting the tuna that "tastes good," hatched a mascot who'd riff on the heteronym: a tuna with good taste.
(4) Let us regard some verses of Fernando Pessoa's heteronym Alberto Caeiro that abstractly mirror, almost in a perfect way, by intimately relating love with incomprehension, the attitude of the narrator towards Faustine in La invencion de Morel: "I have no philosophy: I have senses ...
Playful reinscription is intentional, however, as her own adopted persona later in the text, a heteronym, further obscures her identity.
Each word is a heteronym of a pronoun that is part of a contraction; that is, each word changes pronunciation when an apostrophe is appropriately inserted.
The logic of his attack lay precisely in the public revelation by Jacques Laurent, the serious writer, of his heteronym Cecil Saint-Laurent, the popular author of erotic bestsellers.
We examined the homonym and the homograph and now we can highlight the heteronym. The heteronym is perhaps the most difficult for the student.
It is a form of heteronym. When capitalized, Lima is the name of a city in South America--Peru is the country, I believe.
For example, the English word "cheese" cannot be completely identified with its standard Russian heteronym [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] [sir], because cottage cheese is a cheese but not a [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII].
Although the gallery undoubtedly intended to mount a retrospective of the work of Scott Redford, this Gold Coast-born gay Pop bricoleur had for his part decided to devote half the show to the work of his recently invented heteronym, Reinhardt Dammn, "a 22-year-old surfer/artist/singer who lives at Tugun." (For the Gold Coast, think Miami Beach; for Tugun, the least stylish suburb in Florida.)