toponymy

noun
to·​pon·​y·​my | \tə-ˈpä-nə-mē, tō-\

Definition of toponymy 

: the place-names of a region or language or especially the etymological study of them

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Other Words from toponymy

toponymist \ tə-​ˈpä-​nə-​mist , tō-​ \ noun

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That is part of a much broader quest to excavate (or invent) an older and more precise toponymy of urban neighborhoods. Henry Grabar, Slate Magazine, "What a Bar With Decorative Bullet Holes Really Means," 25 July 2017

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First Known Use of toponymy

1876, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for toponymy

International Scientific Vocabulary, from top- + Greek onyma, onoma name — more at name

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Dictionary Entries near toponymy

toponomastic

toponym

toponymic

toponymy

topos

topotaxis

topotype

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The first known use of toponymy was in 1876

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