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

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

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