Definitions

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  • n. A more specific term; a subordinate grouping word or phrase.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a word that is more specific (less abstract) than a given word; a term designating a class which is a subtype of the given word; a subcategory; a subtype. Inverse of hypernym.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A systematic name applied to an undetermined group of animals or plants, and thus not fully or finally established.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a word that is more specific than a given word

Etymologies

hypo- + -onym (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Psycholinguistic research has shown that the receiver naturally associates a word with its opposite, e.g. "man - woman," a hyponym, i.e. a word semantically subordinate, e.g. "fruit - apple" or a synonym.

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  • Automatic Thesaurus Generation  Hearst (1992) presents an algorithm that can automatically generate a thesaurus or dictionary:  Learning hyponym, meronym relations and more.

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