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Allied by derivation from the same root; having the same stem; for example, beautiful and beauteous.

[Greek parōnumos, derivative : para-, beside; see para-1 + onuma, name; see nō̆-men- in Indo-European roots.]
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(pəˈrɒn ə məs)

containing the same root or stem, as the words wise and wisdom.
[1655–65; < Greek parṓnymos. See paronym, -ous]
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And hardly anyone has noticed that proper names are paronymous; different occurrences of a single name have slightly and subtly different, referents.
Safranum comes from the Arabic word ASFAR, which means "yellow," via the Persian paronymous "zafaran" Saffron is one of the three essential ingredients in the Spanish paella valenciana, and is responsible for its characteristic brilliant yellow coloring.
As a first strategy, we might think to employ one of Aristotle's tests for homonymy suggested in Topics I 15, such as detecting ambiguity among cases of contraries, privations, contradictories, comparables or paronymous terms.
Lexically well-stocked, syntactically unconstrained and marked by a sharp pronunciation--orthography asymmetry (the consequence of the pre-Elizabethan phonological changes, namely the Great Vowel Shift), English proved especially conducive to homonymous, homophonous and paronymous punning structures, all present in the examined corpus.