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Can you name the words that end in '-nym'?

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Words or names that...
'-nym' wordExamples
…are derived from a mother or other female ancestor.Björk Guðmundsdóttir
…describe themselves.noun, word, abbrv., polysyllabic
…designate something by the name of something associated to it.The White House, The Crown
…changes meaning when capitalized.polish, august, concord
…composed of two identical parts.yo-yo, pompom, bye-bye
…are assumed as a different name, usually by an author.O'Henry, Mark Twain
…have the same spelling or pronunciation but different meanings.mean, right/write
…are derived from a father or other male ancestor.J. Peterson
…are formed by initial letters of a series of words.NASA, Scuba, ComSat
...are required to distinguish older technology after advancementanalog computer, fountain pen
Definition:
Words or names that...
'-nym' wordExamples
…have the same spelling but different pronunciations.read, sewer, refuse
…are used by foreigners for a place name and differ from the native term.Köln/Cologne, Torino/Turin
…sound the same as a phrase, but are different individually.I scream/Ice Cream, mint spy/mince pie
…have two meanings, each the opposite of the other.fast, cleave, overlook
…are a midway between two opposites.past/PRESENT/future, concave/FLAT/convex
…have opposite or near-opposite meanings.dead/alive, boy/girl
…have the same root and similar pronunciations.beautiful/beauteous
…have the same or very similar meaning.big/large, error/mistake
…are derived from another name, usually a person.cardigan, sandwich

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