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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.
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(Phonetics & Phonology) of, relating to, or denoting a homophone
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(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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In their adopted home, the Mac clan had changed their surname to a homophonous Chinese character in order to distinguish themselves from the Mac usurpers of 1527-1592.
In the first slip above, the [phrase omitted] is a Chinese character meaning wood, which is nearly homophonous with "ink," itself encircled so that it stands for ink ball ([right arrow]squid ball).
Every EVAL suffix, as in (49b), would have three homophonous counterparts (n i[+FEM], n i[--FEM], and "plain" n), as in (50a, b, c).
He attributes the gemination in the plural of *bayt to a shared ancestor of Hebrew and Aramaic, which employed gemination to distinguish the plural of *bayt from the homophonous 3mp G active participle of the verb *bwtl byt 'to spend the night', bdtimlbdtln (Khan 2018: 340).
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.
The fact that they encode animacy, a characteristic of nouns, suggests that they might in fact be pronouns, as does the fact that in several of the languages in the family, like Upper Necaxa, they are homophonous with the interrogative pronouns, ti: 'who?' and tu: 'what?'.
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." On the French word "differer" which means both "to defer" and "to differ", Derrida states that words can never be identified thoroughly, but can only be defined by additional words, from which they differ.