Hypernym definition

hīpər-nĭm
A word whose meaning includes the meaning of a more specific word; for example, animal is a hypernym of elephant.
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Noun

Singular:
hypernym
Plural:
hypernyms

Origin of hypernym

  • hyper– (–o)nym (on the model of hyponym) (taken as hypo–) (-nym)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition