succulents, succulence

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

The answer is simple: succulents, succulence are homophones of the English language.

succulence
  1. :: noun

    The property of being succulent.

succulents
  1. :: noun

    Plural form of succulent.

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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").