from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A word whose meaning includes the meaning of a more specific word; for example, animal is a hypernym of elephant.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun a word that is more generic or more abstract than a given word; a word designating a class of which the given word is a member. Inverse of subtype and hyponym.
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- noun semantics A word or phrase whose
referentsform a set including as a subset the referents of a subordinateterm.
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- noun a word that is more generic than a given word
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
[hyper– + (–o)nym (on the model of hyponym, taken as hypo– + -nym).]
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Ancient Greek hyper- (“over”) + -onym (“name”). From Greek roots; compare Latinate “superordinate term”.
A friend has a hypernym for niece-or-nephew: "nibling".
Actually it looks like you can use perpetuate in that context, meaning to uphold, the hypernym of perpetuate.