plantar, planter

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

The answer is simple: plantar, planter are homophones of the English language.

  1. :: adjective

    Of, relating to, or occurring on the sole of the foot: plantar warts.

  1. :: noun

    One who plants.

  2. :: noun

    A machine or tool for planting seeds.

  3. :: noun

    The owner or manager of a plantation: cotton and rice planters.

  4. :: noun

    An early settler or colonist.

Definitions from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition and Wordnik.

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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").