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Is there a collective noun for words that describe something that this word itself contains or is?

Here are some examples of what I mean:

  • ‘noun’ is a noun itself;
  • ‘háček’ contains a letter with a háček;
  • ‘plurals’ is plural itself.
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    You will find the answer to this question here: english.stackexchange.com/questions/210942/…
    – Marv Mills
    Nov 29, 2014 at 11:13
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    You are referring me to my own question… Nov 29, 2014 at 11:14
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    That would be @MarvMills creating a self-referential joke.
    – itsbruce
    Nov 29, 2014 at 11:15
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    Haha, okay, I see. Now that there is an answer, they're not wrong though. Nov 29, 2014 at 11:16

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Such a word is autological and can be called an autonym.

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  • Interesting, thank you! I am actually somewhat surprised there is a word for this. Nov 29, 2014 at 11:17
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  • I am unsure where words like ‘vowel’ and ‘háček’ fit in. They don't seem to be autological, because they do not describe themselves, but merely a part of themselves. Moreover, ‘letters’ is autological, but as far as I can tell ‘letter’ is not, because it does not describe itself entirely; only a part of itself. Is there a separate term for words that are not quite autological, but still do describe a part of themselves? Nov 29, 2014 at 22:59

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