heteronym

noun
het·​ero·​nym | \ ˈhe-tə-rə-ˌnim How to pronounce heteronym (audio) \

Definition of heteronym

: one of two or more homographs (such as a bass voice and bass, a fish) that differ in pronunciation and meaning

First Known Use of heteronym

circa 1889, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of heteronym was circa 1889

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“Heteronym.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heteronym. Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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