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n. pl. to·pon·y·mies
a. The place names of a region or language.
b. The study of such place names.
2. Anatomy Nomenclature with respect to a region of the body rather than to organs or structures.

to·pon′·y·mist (-mĭst) n.
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(təˈpɒnɪmɪ) or


1. the study of place names
2. (Medicine) rare the anatomical nomenclature of bodily regions, as distinguished from that of specific organs or structures
ˌtopoˈnymic, ˌtopoˈnymical, ˌtopoˈnymal adj
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(təˈpɒn ə mi)

the study of place names.
[1875–80; top- + -onomy, on the model of synonymy; see -onym, -y3]
top•o•nym•ic (ˌtɒp əˈnɪm ɪk) top`o•nym′i•cal, adj.
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1. the study of the place names of a district.
2. Anatomy. the nomenclature of the regions of the body. — toponymie, toponymical, adj.
See also: Names
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The place names used in a particualr region or language.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.toponymy - the nomenclature of regional anatomytoponymy - the nomenclature of regional anatomy
nomenclature, terminology, language - a system of words used to name things in a particular discipline; "legal terminology"; "biological nomenclature"; "the language of sociology"
2.toponymy - the branch of lexicology that studies the place names of a region or a languagetoponymy - the branch of lexicology that studies the place names of a region or a language
lexicology - the branch of linguistics that studies the lexical component of language
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[təˈpɒnɪmɪ] ntoponimia
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In work on Inuit toponymy, naming places is often described in the context of facilitating safe travel and wayfinding (Aporta and Higgs, 2005; Collignon, 2006b).
In sections on Second Temple literature and history, the Jews and the papyri, and rabbinic literature, they discuss such topics as a new perspective on two Jewish queens in the Second Temple period: Alexandra of Judaea and Helene of Adiabene, the third century BCE: new light on Egyptian Jewish history from the papyri, Babylonia of pure lineage: notes on Babylonian Jewish toponymy, a spindle for Caesar's daughter, and whether parables are interpretation.
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In addition to Selma (Huxley) Barkham (1989) and Christian Weyers (2009), Miren Egana Goya especially has mined the rich vein of Basque toponymy from a linguistic angle and has analyzed the pilot books of Martin de Hoyarsabal (1579) and Piarres Detcheverry (1677) (Egana Goya, 1992, 1994, 1995, 2002).
This failure of ours to promptly provide names to significant features of our undersea landmass and our tepid plan to provide less meaningful biological names are reflective of our lack of place-name consciousness or of the undeveloped state of toponymy - or the study of place-names or toponyms and their meanings, impacts, applications and typology - in the Philippines.