tahr, tar

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

The answer is simple: tahr, tar are homophones of the English language.

  1. :: noun

    Any of several goatlike mammals of the genus Hemitragus of mountainous regions of Asia, having curved horns and a shaggy coat.

  1. :: noun

    A dark, oily, viscous material, consisting mainly of hydrocarbons, produced by the destructive distillation of organic substances such as wood, coal, or peat.

  2. :: noun

    Coal tar.

  3. :: noun

    A solid residue of tobacco smoke containing byproducts of combustion.

  4. :: verb-transitive

    To coat with or as if with tar.

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").