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 (hŏm′ə-nĭm′, hō′mə-)
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).
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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Inadequacy in responding homonymic words and speech in children with ASD are other symptoms showing that there is a problem in their receptive language skills.
The same phonetic shift occurred in the homonymic verb joan ("to go").
1-4) (1) The duplication of "come buy" in the final line and its repetition of the single "come buy" in the line before are the most obvious of these twinnings, but there is also the homonymic slippage by which that same "come buy" is simultaneously "come by, come by," an invitation to the listeners.
She uses "darn" and "damn" quite frequently, and when referring to the dam on the creek behind her family home, she pretends she doesn't know how to spell it (#12, March 15, 1944): calling attention to its homonymic relationship with the one cuss word she uses in her letters.
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A multiple-object directive with the same name of the element in M is used to declare that the category of JavaScript objects defined by the homonymic element in M is disabled.
True to its homonymic title, it is no less an exercise in New England regionalism than it is an exploration of the state of being of the personages that populate it." LANA GURA