p, pea, pee

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

The answer is simple: p, pea, pee are homophones of the English language.

p
  1. ::

    Of <em>prince.</em>

  2. ::

    Of <em>president.</em>

  3. ::

    In <em>electro-technics</em>, of <em>power.</em>

  4. ::

    Of the Latin <em>pondere</em>, by weight.

pea
  1. :: noun

    the fruit or seed of a pea plant

  2. :: noun

    seed of a pea plant used for food

  3. :: noun

    a leguminous plant of the genus Pisum with small white flowers and long green pods containing edible green seeds

  4. :: noun

    A ball travelling at high velocity

pee
  1. :: noun

    informal terms for urination

  2. :: verb

    eliminate urine

  3. :: noun

    liquid excretory product

  4. :: noun

    <xref>Pence</xref>; <xref>penny</xref> (a quantity of money)

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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").