homograph


ho·mo·graph

noun \ˈhä-mə-ˌgraf, ˈhō-\

: a word that is spelled like another word but that is different in origin, meaning, or pronunciation

Full Definition of HOMOGRAPH

:  one of two or more words spelled alike but different in meaning or derivation or pronunciation (as the bow of a ship, a bow and arrow)
ho·mo·graph·ic \ˌhä-mə-ˈgra-fik, ˌhō-\ adjective

Examples of HOMOGRAPH

  1. The words bow for a part of a ship and bow for a weapon that shoots arrows are homographs.

First Known Use of HOMOGRAPH

1873

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