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    I know that there is a name for the category of words with identical spellings but different meanings (like bat). Can anyone tell me what that name is?

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    I think they are homonyms.

    See: http://www.usingenglish.com/glossary/homonym.html

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    Default Re: words with identical spellings but different meanings

    Quote Originally Posted by sjakoby
    I know that there is a name for the category of words with identical spellings but different meanings (like bat). Can anyone tell me what that name is?
    Red is right, but I think the word you are looking for is homographs. Examples:
    • wound, wind, saw, bear


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    There are also heteronyms.

    produce - verb - proDUCE - pr'DUCE

    produce - noun - PRODUCE

    I think a "heteronym" is a specific type of "homograph" which involves a change in which part of the word is given stress. Heteronyms are often given suprafixes. This usually determines whether a word is a noun or a verb.

    suprafixation

    http://www.sil.org/linguistics/Gloss...sASuprafix.htm

    This would also have to do with adjectives and verbs, as in the following example.

    perfect - adjective - PERf'ct -

    perfect - verb - PERFECT

    http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=perfect

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    Produce also belongs on the list. So does fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    Produce also belongs on the list. So does fine.

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    Yes, it does. I've revised my previous reply.


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