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  • noun semantics A term that denotes a part of the whole that is denoted by another term.

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  • noun a word that names a part of a larger whole


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mero- + -onym, from Ancient Greek μέρος (meros, "part") + ὄνομα (onoma, "name").


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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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  • Badulescu, and Moldovan (2003) present an algorithm for learning meronym from a corpus.

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