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[pol-ee-his-ter] /ˌpɒl iˈhɪs tər/

a person of great and varied learning.

“very learned person,” 1580s, from Greek polyhistor “very learned,” from poly “much, many” (see poly-) + histor “knowing, learned” (see history).


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