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hyponym (HIE-puh-nim) noun

A term that denotes a subcategory of a more general class: "Chair' and "table' are hyponyms of "furniture.

[Hyp- + -onym, or as back formation from hyponymy]

"For example, the acceptability of `A dog is a kind of animal' is interpreted to mean that `dog' is a hyponym of `animal'." Miller, George A., On Knowing a Word, Annual Review of Psychology, 1999.

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