synonymy

noun
syn·​on·​y·​my | \ sə-ˈnä-nə-mē How to pronounce synonymy (audio) \
plural synonymies

Definition of synonymy

1a : a list or collection of synonyms often defined and discriminated from each other
b : the study or discrimination of synonyms
2 : the scientific names that have been used to designate the same taxonomic group (such as a species) also : a list of these
3 : the quality or state of being synonymous

First Known Use of synonymy

1683, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Synonymy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/synonymy. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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synonymy

noun
syn·​on·​y·​my | \ -mē How to pronounce synonymy (audio) \
plural synonymies

Medical Definition of synonymy

: the scientific names that have been used in different publications to designate a taxonomic group (as a species) also : a list of these

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