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hetero- +‎ -phone



heterophone (plural heterophones)

  1. A word whose spelling and sound both differ from another’s.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Since, taken strictly, this term can be applied to the vast majority of word pairs, its use tends to be restricted to closely-related homœographs that are pronounced differently; for example, the six alternative spellings of ailurophile, which are very similarly spelt but have four different pronunciations between them.

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Different Meanings
nym Sound Spelling Category
homonym same same
heteronym different same (cat)
homograph not specified same
homophone same different (cat)
heterophone different different
synonym different different