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A word whose meaning is included in the meaning of another more general word; for example, bus is a hyponym of vehicle.
hy′po·nym′ic, hy·pon′y·mous adj.
[C20: from hypo- + Greek onoma name]
hy•po•nym(ˈhaɪ pə nɪm)
a word that denotes a subcategory of a more general class: Chair and table are hyponyms of furniture. Compare superordinate (def. 3).
hy•pon′y•mous (-ˈpɒn ə məs) adj.