Polysemic



adjective

having more than one meaning; having multiple meanings; also called polysemous
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  • Polysemous

    [pol-ee-see-mee, puh-lis-uh-mee] /ˈpɒl iˌsi mi, pəˈlɪs ə mi/ noun 1. diversity of meanings. /ˌpɒlɪˈsiːmɪ; pəˈlɪsəmɪ/ noun 1. the existence of several meanings in a single word Compare monosemy adjective See polysemic adj. 1884, from Medieval Latin polysemus, from Greek polysemos “of many sides” (see polysemy). n. 1900, from French polysémie (1897), from Medieval Latin polysemus, […]

  • Polysemy

    [pol-ee-see-mee, puh-lis-uh-mee] /ˈpɒl iˌsi mi, pəˈlɪs ə mi/ noun 1. diversity of meanings. /ˌpɒlɪˈsiːmɪ; pəˈlɪsəmɪ/ noun 1. the existence of several meanings in a single word Compare monosemy n. 1900, from French polysémie (1897), from Medieval Latin polysemus, from Greek polysemos “of many senses,” from poly- (see poly-) + sema “sign” (see semantic). Related: Polysemic.



  • Polysepalous

    [pol-ee-sep-uh-luh s] /ˌpɒl iˈsɛp ə ləs/ adjective, Botany. 1. having a calyx of separate or unconnected sepals. /ˌpɒlɪˈsɛpələs/ adjective 1. (of flowers) having distinct separate sepals Compare gamosepalous

  • Polyserositis

    polyserositis pol·y·se·ro·si·tis (pŏl’ē-sēr’ō-sī’tĭs) n. Chronic inflammation of several serous membranes with effusions in serous cavities resulting in fibrous thickening of the serosa and constrictive pericarditis. Also called Concato’s disease.



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