fleche, flesh

The words fleche, flesh sound the same but have different meanings and spellings. Why do fleche, flesh sound the same even though they are completely different words?

The answer is simple: fleche, flesh are homophones of the English language.

  1. :: noun

    Alternative spelling of flèche.

  1. :: noun

    The body as opposed to the mind or soul.

  2. :: noun

    Botany The pulpy, usually edible part of a fruit or vegetable.

  3. :: noun

    The surface or skin of the human body.

  4. :: noun

    Excess fatty tissue; plumpness.

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About Homophones

Homophones (literally "same sound") are usually defined as words that share the same pronunciation, regardless of how they are spelled.

If they are spelled the same then they are also homographs (and homonyms); if they are spelled differently then they are also heterographs (literally "different writing").