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    Same spelling different meaning

    Dear Sir/Madam

    Can you please tell me what is the technical name for English words with the same spelling but with different meaning?

    Examples are as follows:

    wound (injury / past tense of to wind a clock)
    leave (to depart / the green part of a plant)
    plane (aerial craft / level)
    etc

    Thank you very much for your help.

    Gwilym Sicobo

    My email address is: gwilym@sicobo.com

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    Re: Same spelling different meaning

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    Dear Sir/Madam

    Can you please tell me what is the technical name for English words with the same spelling but with different meaning?

    Examples are as follows:

    wound (injury / past tense of to wind a clock)
    leave (to depart / the green part of a plant)
    plane (aerial craft / level)
    etc

    Thank you very much for your help.

    Gwilym Sicobo

    My email address is: gwilym@sicobo.com

    It is called a homonym, however, the green part of a plant is a leaf, not "leave"

    Leaf may also be used as a verb.


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    Re: Same spelling different meaning

    With homonyms, each of two words have the same pronunciation but different meanings.

    wound : injury = pronouned 'woond' - |woōnd| |wund| |wuːnd|

    wound: past tense of 'wind', pronounced 'wowned' - |waʊnd|

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