hyponym hyponym n. (linguistics) a word that is more specific (less abstract) than a given word; a term designating a class which is a subtype of the given word; a subcategory; a subtype. Inverse of hypernym; as, ``dog'' is a hyponym of ``mammal'', and ``mammal'' is a hyponym of ``vertebrate''.

Syn: subordinate, subordinate word. [WordNet 1.5]

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