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homophonous


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Homophonic  \Ho`mo*phon"ic\,  Homophonous  \Ho*moph"o*nous\,  a. 
  [Gr.  ?;  ?  the  same  +  ?  sound,  tone:  cf  F.  homophone.] 
  1.  (Mus.) 
  a  Originally,  sounding  alike;  of  the  same  pitch; 
  unisonous;  monodic. 
  b  Now  used  for  plain  harmony,  note  against  note,  as 
  opposed  to  polyphonic  harmony,  in  which  the  several 
  parts  move  independently,  each  with  its  own  melody. 
 
  2.  Expressing  the  same  sound  by  a  different  combination  of 
  letters;  as  bay  and  bey. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  homophonous 
  adj  :  (linguistics)  the  phenomenon  of  words  of  different  origins 
  coming  to  pronounced  the  same  way  "homophonous  words" 




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