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Jun 18, 2020
This week’s theme
Words made with combining forms

This week’s words
lithophone
aischrolatreia
henotheism
hyponym
geratology

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with Anu Garg

hyponym

PRONUNCIATION:
(HY-puh-nim)

MEANING:
noun: A more specific term in a general class. For example, “purple” is a hyponym of “color”.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Greek hypo- (under) + -nym (name). Earliest documented use: 1963.

USAGE:
“In fact, the word prunes at this time was used as a hyponym for all and any dried fruit.”
Sue-Belinda Meehan; Ask Sue-Belinda; Townsville Bulletin; (Australia); Dec 15, 2014.

See more usage examples of hyponym in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian. -Paul McCartney, singer-songwriter, composer, poet, and activist (b. 18 Jun 1942)

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