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homograph (HOM-uh-graf, HOA-muh-) noun

One of two or more words that have the same spelling but differ in origin, meaning, and sometimes pronunciation.

"Whatever system is chosen, one must allow for homographs in some rational manner. DJPA uses an alphabetic arrangement; homographs are ordered by part of speech, and are numerically distinguished only when both the part of speech and consonantal orthography are identical." Kaufmann, Stephen A., Dictionary of Jewish Palestinian Aramaic. (book reviews), The Journal of the American Oriental Society, 1 Apr 1994.

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