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    Polysemy or homonymy

    Polysemy or homonymy?

    pupil ( someone who is being taught)

    pupil ( the small black round area in the middle of your eye)

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    Re: Polysemy or homonymy

    They have separate listings in my dictionary, so I would say that they are homonyms.

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    Re: Polysemy or homonymy

    A homonym is one of a group of words that share the same spelling and the same pronunciation but have different meanings, usually as a result of the two words having different origins. E.g. pupil, bear (animal) and bear (carry).

    A polyseme is a word or phrase with multiple, related meanings, e.g. mouth (of a river, of a bottle, of a person).


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