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

  • n. The place names of a region or language.
  • n. The study of such place names.
  • n. Anatomy Nomenclature with respect to a region of the body rather than to organs or structures.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. lexicological study of place names; a branch of onomastics

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A system of toponyms; the use of toponyms.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In geography, see the extract. Compare toponomy.
  • n. In anatomy, the designation of the position and direction of parts and organs, as distinguished from the names of the parts and organs themselves, which is the province of organonymy; regional or topographical nomenclature; topical terminology.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the nomenclature of regional anatomy
  • n. the branch of lexicology that studies the place names of a region or a language
  • n. the place names of a region or a language considered collectively


From topo- + -nomy. (Wiktionary)


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