There are two words on either side of the word I'm looking for: synonym and antonym. Of course, a synonym is a word that means the same thing (automobile vs. vehicle), and an antonym is a word that means the opposite (male vs. female). However, let's use the example of automobiles. There are different types: car, truck, van, SUV, etc. They're neither synonyms or antonyms of each other. But is there a word that describes their similarities, given they're all automobiles?

The word should fit this sentence:

A car is a _______________ of a truck.


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In the case you've described truck, van etc. would be hyponyms of automobile. American OED defines hyponym:

a word of more specific meaning than a general or superordinate term applicable to it. For example, spoon is a hyponym of cutlery. Contrasted with hypernym.

Automobile, then, would be a hypernym for truck.

a word with a broad meaning that more specific words fall under; a superordinate. For example, color is a hypernym of red.

  • Yes, but here the OP is asking how two hyponyms of the same hypernym relate to each other.
    – RegDwigнt
    Commented Jul 16, 2013 at 14:53
  • Actually I didn't realize there were two similar words describing the two different pieces to this scenario. What I was looking for was the word which can fit "The word Car is a ___ of a Truck". Commented Jul 16, 2013 at 15:15
  • @JerryDodge ah I get it now... Commented Jul 16, 2013 at 15:33

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