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See also: faux-ami
faux ami (plural faux amis)
- A false friend; one of a pair of words in different languages or dialects that look related but that differ significantly in meaning.
- The terms faux ami and false cognate are often used interchangeably, but scientists distinguish the two: in scientific use, all false cognates are faux amis, but not all faux amis are false cognates.