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From holo- +‎ -onymy (compare Ancient Greek ὅλος (hólos, whole), ὄνομα (ónoma, name)).

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holonymy (uncountable)

  1. (semantics) A semantic relation that exists between a term denoting a whole (the holonym) and a term denoting a part that pertains to the whole (the meronym).
    Antonym: meronymy
    The relation between the terms ‘foot’ and ‘heel’ is that of holonymy, since one of the parts of a foot is a heel.
  2. (semantics) The quality or nature of being the whole in a holonymous relation.

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