::UPDATED:: Dictionaries will often present a single word, and then inflected/derived relational forms (such as "house", and then provide listings for "houses", "housed" and "housing").
I'm looking for the equivelent of a "head word" for synonyms (much like dictionaries provide for collective variants/inflections of a lemma).
So the questions are;
a) Does such a thing exist?
b) If so, what is it called?
c) If so, are there any examples and/or resources for such?
[word] > [word-lemma] > [collective-lemma]
Example2: "Domiciles" > "domicile" > "home"
Example3: "sprinted" > "sprint" > "run".
There, I hope that is clearer :D
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Is there a word/term/phrase that means the designated word to represent a collection of related words?
Dictionaries use a "head" or "root" word for variants (House: >Houses, >Housing, >Housed) - is there such a thing for Synonyms and Word Families?
I've Googled and I've searched here (and Yahoo Answers etc.). I'm not sure if there is such a term.
If there is, can someone please tell me the name? Further, can someone point to a source (such as a thesaurus) that uses it?
If there is no such term/reference - what would you suggest as a way to implement it? Should I simply go for the shortest word in the group (with the same/similar part of speech/morphological attributes (mood/gender etc.)? Is there a better way?