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noun (n)

  • substituting a more inclusive term for a less inclusive one or vice versa (noun.communication)
    source: wordnet30
  • A figure or trope by which a part of a thing is put for the whole (as, fifty sail for fifty ships), or the whole for a part (as, the smiling year for spring), the species for the genus (as, cutthroat for assassin), the genus for the species (as, a creature for a man), the name of the material for the thing made, etc. (noun)
    source: webster1913

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