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lexical ambiguity

However, polysemy is a vexed and controversial issue, as McArthur suggests when he says that there is a "gray area" between polysemy and homonymy, noting that one way dictionary writers make a distinction between polysemy and homonymy is to define homonyms in separate definitions but polysemous words with multiple definitions in the same entry (McArthur 795). Palmer makes much the same point, noting that homonyms are two or more words that have the same form but different etymologies or word origins. He gives the example of ear, which comes from Old English ...

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