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Answer for the clue "Substituting the name of an attribute or feature for the name of the thing itself (as in `they counted heads') ", 8 letters:
metonymy

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The Collaborative International Dictionary Word definitions in The Collaborative International Dictionary
Metonymy \Me*ton"y*my\ (m[-e]*t[o^]n"[i^]*m[y^]; 277), n. [L. metonymia, Gr. metwnymi`a; meta`, indicating change + 'o`nyma, for 'o`noma a name: cf. F. m['e]tonymie. See Name .] (Rhet.) A trope in which one word is put for another that suggests ...

WordNet Word definitions in WordNet
n. substituting the name of an attribute or feature for the name of the thing itself (as in `they counted heads')

Wikipedia Word definitions in Wikipedia
Metonymy is a figure of speech in which a thing or concept is called not by its own name, rather by the name of something associated in meaning with that thing or concept. The words metonymy and metonym come from the , , "a change of name", from , , "after, ...

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary Word definitions in Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
1560s, from French m├ętonymie (16c.) and directly from Late Latin metonymia , from Greek metonymia , literally "a change of name," related to metonomazein "to call by a new name; to take a new name," from meta- "change" (see meta- ) + onyma , dialectal form ...

Wiktionary Word definitions in Wiktionary
n. 1 The use of a single characteristic or name of an object to identify an entire object or related object. 2 (context countable English) A metonym.

Usage examples of metonymy.

We can recognize here the three great figures of rhetoric: synecdoche, metonymy, catachresis.

Hades by metonymy for the grave, or have imagined that a shadowy fac simile of what was interred in the grave went into the grim kingdom of Pluto.

As stars flash into light, so he flashes into metaphor, metonymy, trope, personification, or simile.

Throughout, the metaphor of brother against brother is a kind of metonymy for civil butchery in which family members slaughter one another in a grim contest of reciprocity.

In metonymy one thing represents another by means of the part standing for the whole.

Simile, Metaphor, Personification, Allegory, Synechdoche, Metonymy, Exclamation, Hyperbole, Apostrophe, Vision, Antithesis, Climax, Epigram, Interrogation and Irony.

Yes, by the deformity of certain terms, we recognize the fact that it was chewed by Mandrin, and by the splendor of certain metonymies, we feel that Villon spoke it.