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syn·o·nym  (sn-nm)
1. A word having the same or nearly the same meaning as another word or other words in a language.
2. A word or an expression that serves as a figurative or symbolic substitute for another.
3. Biology A scientific name of an organism or of a taxonomic group that has been superseded by another name at the same rank.

[Middle English sinonyme, from Old French synonyme, from Latin synnymum, from Greek sunnumon, from neuter of sunnumos, synonymous; see synonymous.]

syno·nymic, syno·nymi·cal adj.
syno·nymi·ty n.

synonym  /snnm/  n. a word that means the same as another word: Sympathy and compassion are synonyms. See: antonym. synonym

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