hypernym

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Ancient Greek hyper- (over) +‎ -onym (name). From Greek roots; compare Latinate “superordinate term”.

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hypernym (plural hypernyms)

  1. (semantics) A word or phrase whose referents form a set including as a subset the referents of a subordinate term.
    "Musical instrument" is a hypernym of "guitar" because musical instruments include guitars.

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