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[pol-ee-krohm] /ˈpɒl iˌkroʊm/

being of many or various colors.
decorated or executed in many colors, as a statue, vase, or mural.
verb (used with object), polychromed, polychroming.
to paint in many or various colors.
a polychrome object or work.
having various or changing colours; polychromatic
made with or decorated in various colours
a work of art or artefact in many colours

“having many colors,” 1816, from French polychrome, from Latinized form of Greek polykhromos “many-colored” (see poly- + chrome). As a noun from 1800. Related: Polychromic; polychromatic; polychromate.


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