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

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

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