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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.


(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


(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.


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


The place names used in a particualr region or language.
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


[təˈpɒnɪmɪ] ntoponimia
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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.
Mountain names are present throughout the toponymy of the Kola Peninsula.
The persecution of the Spanish authorities and the search for better territories for their activities depleted the band, but the name was recorded in the local toponymy and identifies another of the caves.
Relying on toponymy (study of the proper names of places), Curator FAaAaAeA@rid Zammali explained that the appointment of "Borj Erroumi" is index on continuing the exploitation of the site during the Byzantine period as a control tower before being transformed into a Ribat (fortress) during the beginning of the Muslim era and then become a control tower again.
Albeit from a different perspective, the emergence of novel imaginarles is also explored in Maria Xesus Nogueira Pereira's "Naming the Foreign: External Toponymy in Galician Poetry Written by Women (2000-2009).
After 1945, the land-and cityscapes of Soviet Sakhalin were gradually created through symbolic labeling, exemplified by the politics of Soviet toponymy and architectural remodeling.
Historically, toponymy has been of peripheral interest to linguists.
The toponymy of the country and many terms in the political superstructure show that before the native element was dissociated from the Slavic one and before the Slavs settled in the areas mentioned above, one could notice a mixture mentioned in our specialist literature, be it historiography, the linguistic field or the legal one.
And lastly, maybe, bits of toponymy in some Khmer villages all around the country: "Phum Cham", "Prasat Cham".
The availability of fresh water in particular may have been an issue for the early sedentary communities of the Lands of Antequera, as the region is full of salty water streams and lakes, as reflected even on today's toponymy (Fig.
Colonialism disturbed this communion through the outright dislocation of the indigenes and through the renaming of the toponymy in a foreign idiom, or through a corruption of the local names.