pomace, pumice

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

The answer is simple: pomace, pumice are homophones of the English language.

pomace
  1. :: noun

    The pulpy material remaining after the juice has been pressed from fruit, such as apples.

  2. :: noun

    Pulpy material remaining after the extraction of oil from nuts, seeds, or fish.

pumice
  1. :: noun

    A light, porous, glassy lava, used in solid form as an abrasive and in powdered form as a polish and an abrasive.

  2. :: verb-transitive

    To clean, polish, or smooth with pumice.

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").