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Give one word which has both meaning:
Name of Soap =
A Musical Instrument =

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Hint: Homophones of the same spelling are homographs and homonyms. For example, the word "read" in the sentence "He is well read," (he is very educated), vs. the sentence "I read the book" (I have finished reading that book.)

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A homophone is a word that is pronounced similarly to another word (to differing degrees) but has a different meaning. A homophone's spelling may also vary. The two words can be pronounced similarly, as in rose (flower) and rose (past tense of rise), or they can be spelled differently, as in rain, reign, and rein. The expression "homophone" may also refer to units that are longer or shorter than words, such as a phrase, letter, or group of letters pronounced similarly to another phrase, letter, or group of letters. "Homophonous" refers to a unit that has this property.
Name of Soap = Santoor
A Musical Instrument = Santoor
A trapezoid-shaped hammered dulcimer, the Indian santoor is a variant of the Iranian Santur. The instrument has 25 bridges and is usually made of walnut. There are four strings on each bridge, for a total of 100 strings. In Jammu and Kashmir, it is a popular instrument that dates back to ancient times.
Santoor, Wipro Consumer Care's flagship brand, was launched in 1985 and is now India's number three soap brand in the toilet soap market, behind Lux and Lifebuoy from Hindustan Unilever. In South India, this has developed itself as a leading soap brand.

Homophones are sometimes used to make puns, confuse the reader (as in crossword puzzles), or imply various interpretations. The latter is commonly seen in poetry and creative writing. "The shops in mourning," from Dylan Thomas's radio play Under Milk Wood, is an example of this, where mourning can be heard as mourning or morning. In his poem "Faithless Sally Brown," Thomas Hood uses the words "birth" and "berth," as well as "told" and "told" (tolled):
His death, which happened in his berth,
At forty-odd befell:
They went and told the sexton, and
The sexton tolled the bell.