An Illustrated and Cross-Referenced Glossary of
Malacological and Conchological Terms

by Paul S. Mikkelsen

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HOMONYM   One of two identical names given to separate species (the latter would be termed the JUNIOR SYNONYM, the first, the SENIOR HOMONYM). See also: HOMONYM; HOMONYMY; PRIMARY HOMONYM; SECONDARY HOMONYM.

HOMONYMY   A nomenclatural situation in which two or more different species bear the same name. See also: HOMONYM; SYMONYMY.

PRIMARY HOMONYM   A name that is identical to another name. The oldest has priority and is termed the senior primary homonym with the younger name being the junior primary homonym. See also: HOMONYM; SECONDARY HOMONYM; HOMONYMY.

SECONDARY HOMONYM   A homonym that results from one SPECIES being placed into a GENUS where the species name is in use for a different species. The older of the two names is the senior secondary homonym. See also: HOMONYM; PRIMARY HOMONYM; HOMONYMY.

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