Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An erroneous name, especially in taxonomic classification; a misnomer.

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  • n. An incorrect name for something, especially in taxonomic classification.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A bad name for anything; a name which is in any way undesirable or objectionable.

Etymologies

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Ancient Greek, meaning "bad name".

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  • A misnomer.

    July 19, 2008

  • Bad or wrongly derived name.

    May 16, 2008