paronymous

adjective
par·​on·​y·​mous | \ pə-ˈrä-nə-məs How to pronounce paronymous (audio) , pa- \

Definition of paronymous

2a : formed from a word in another language
b : having a form similar to that of a cognate foreign word

First Known Use of paronymous

1656, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for paronymous

Greek parōnymos, from para- + -ōnymos (as in homōnymos homonymous)

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“Paronymous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/paronymous. Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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