eponymy
noun (plural -mies) Date: 1865 the explanation of a proper name (as of a town or tribe) by supposing a fictitious eponym

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  • Eponymy — E*pon y*my, n. [Gr. ? a surname given after some person or thing.] The derivation of the name of a race, tribe, etc., from that of a fabulous hero, progenitor, etc. [1913 Webster] || …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • eponymy — [ē pän′ə mē, ipän′ə mē] n. pl. eponymies [ EPONYM + Y3] the name derivation of a people, nation, etc. from the name of a real or mythical person …   English World dictionary

  • eponymy — /euh pon euh mee/, n. the derivation of names from eponyms. [1860 65; < Gk eponymía surname, derived name. See EPONYMOUS, Y3] * * * …   Universalium

  • eponymy — noun The semantic relation of eponyms; the quality of being eponymous …   Wiktionary

  • eponymy — n. derivation of names (of a disease, institution, city, country etc.) from eponyms …   English contemporary dictionary

  • eponymy — epon·y·my …   English syllables

  • eponymy — ep•on•y•my [[t]əˈpɒn ə mi[/t]] n. the derivation of names from eponyms …   From formal English to slang

  • eponymy — /əˈpɒnəmi/ (say uh ponuhmee) noun the derivation of names from eponyms. {Greek epōnymia surname} …   Australian English dictionary

  • eponymy — noun the derivation of a general name from that of a famous person • Hypernyms: ↑derivation …   Useful english dictionary

  • Stigler's law of eponymy — is a process proposed by University of Chicago statistics professor Stephen Stigler in his 1980 publication Stigler’s law of eponymy [ (Gieryn T F, ed. ) Science and social structure: a festschrift for Robert K. Merton. New York: NY Academy of… …   Wikipedia

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