[pol-ee-see-mee, puh-lis-uh-mee] /ˈpɒl iˌsi mi, pəˈlɪs ə mi/

diversity of meanings.
/ˌpɒlɪˈsiːmɪ; pəˈlɪsəmɪ/
the existence of several meanings in a single word Compare monosemy

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.


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