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1. A word having the same or nearly the same meaning as another word or other words in a language.
2. A word or expression that serves as a figurative or symbolic substitute for another: "Romeo has become a synonym for any youthful lover" (Harry Levin).
3. Biology One of two or more scientific names that have been applied to the same species or other taxonomic group.

[Middle English sinonyme, from Old French synonyme, from Latin synōnymum, from Greek sunōnumon, from neuter of sunōnumos, synonymous; see synonymous.]

syn′o·nym′ic, syn′o·nym′i·cal adj.
syn′o·nym′i·ty n.
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To this contributed greatly the psalmic writings which, with the help of a synonymic parallelism, underline the identity between the two fortresses: "His tent is in Salem (Salem), his dwelling place in Zion (Siyyon)" (Ps.
2015; this study Turbocavus Prentiss et at, 2014 Vermiliopsis Pixell, 1913; Iroso, 1921 (partially under other synonymic names); Fauvel, 1927; Pillai, 1971; Smith, 1985; this study Eye types: S, single simple ocelli; CP, compound-paired; CS, compound-single; oS, opercular simple; oC, opercular compound.
Until the late twentieth century, scientists, scholars, and laypeople applied these terms in unreflective, colloquial, and synonymic ways to describe any person who lived a non-settled lifestyle (Huonker and Ludi 2000, Meier 2008, Strebel 2010).
The first constituent of both compounds is synonymic (stag is a male deer, especially a male red deer after its fifth year) (Oxford English Learners Dictionaries 2016), and the second constituent is the same one.
Gene sequencing facilitated the determination of the complete sequence and genomic variations of the MC4R gene in American mink, as well as the identification of two synonymic mutations at positions 291 and 330 within the coding sequence of the gene.
When analyzing the frequency of the author keywords used during the past 24 years, the synonymic single words and congeneric phrases were summed.
Taxonomic and synonymic world catalogue of the Charipinae and notes about this subfamily (Hymenoptera: Cynipoidea: Figitidae).
Simple translation, synonymic substitution, and homophony were probably used in V 44 and 52.
Because classification systems and nomenclature for preinvasive cervical neoplasia are not standardized in the United States, a master list of possible diagnostic codes, terminology, and synonymic search terms was developed and provided to all reporting laboratories to standardize case finding.