The term "minimal pair" refers to two words that differ by only one sound, such as "cat" and "bat". The antonym of "minimal pair" is a "maximal pair", which refers to two words that differ by as many sounds as possible. For example, "cat" and "hat" are a maximal pair since they differ by two sounds. Another antonym for "minimal pair" could be "non-minimal pair", which refers to two words that differ by more than one sound but still have at least one shared sound. An example of a non-minimal pair could be "cat" and "map".
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