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- adj. Having the same pronunciation.
- adj. homophonic; sounding the same
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to a homophone or homophony.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of the same pitch; of like sound.
- In philology: Agreeing in sound but differing in sense. See homophone, 2.
- Expressing the same sound or letter with another: as, a homophonous hieroglyphic.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. characteristic of the phenomenon of words of different origins that are pronounced the same way
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Cisco's homophonous handset came first (in 2006) and allowed Wi-Fi Internet calls.
If मरुत marút may be so etymologized, such that these storm gods 'crush' and 'pummel' with thunder3 rather than 'shine' through lightning, then surely so may Sanskrit márīci- 'mote or speck in the air' or 'particle of light' be likewise attributed to the homophonous root referring to crushing, grinding and wearing things away.
In contrast, a root that shows a devoiced stop but which confuses the allophone with the homophonous phoneme should instead properly pair with another unvoiced stop.
We need only compare the resulting hi-class presentive *CóC-e-i with a would-be preterite **CóC-e to understand that the change certainly helped to better phonetically distinguish between two almost homophonous forms.
Once the sibilant disappeared, it would be all too easy for even a native speaker to get confused between a historical phonetic k an allophone of voiced *gʰ following a sibilant and the homophonous phoneme *k.
I mean, the man's name is homophonous with "gnome"!
I've also ascertained so far that the intransitive participle -θ was once *-ta whereas the homophonous agentive suffix -θ as in the names Aranθ and Vanθ was once *-ti.
So then, this would mean that the masculine praenomen Arnth was from *Aranθi with genitive *Aranθi-al and the feminine praenomen was *Aranθia at the time, with a homophonous genitive *Aranθia-l.
My favorites:guguru -- corresponds to the (pace Google's legal department) English verb "to Google", appears in the title of some new books and magazine articles (sometimes in a variant form, guuguru, which is homophonous with the Japanese pronunciation of "Google" itself, but written differently -- the verb has the final ru is in hiragana for the reason given above), and inspired this post.
God shed his grace on Thee and crown Thy good with brotherhood the first has the same for present and past tense and the second is extremely close to homophonous not different enough to be noticed in singing.
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