eponymy

noun
epon·​y·​my | \ i-ˈpä-nə-mē How to pronounce eponymy (audio) , e- \
plural eponymies

Definition of eponymy

: the explanation of a proper name (as of a town or tribe) by supposing a fictitious eponym

First Known Use of eponymy

1865, in the meaning defined above

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“Eponymy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eponymy. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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