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polysyllabic

[pol-ee-si-lab-ik] /ˌpɒl i sɪˈlæb ɪk/
adjective
1.
consisting of several, especially four or more, syllables, as a word.
2.
characterized by such words, as a language, piece of writing, etc.
Also, polysyllabical.
Origin
1650-1660
1650-60; < Medieval Latin polysyllab(us) of many syllables (< Greek polysýllabos) + -ic. See poly-, syllabic
Related forms
polysyllabically, adverb
hyperpolysyllabic, adjective
hyperpolysyllabically, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for poly syllabic

polysyllabic

/ˌpɒlɪsɪˈlæbɪk/
adjective
1.
consisting of more than two syllables
Derived Forms
polysyllabically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for poly syllabic

polysyllabic

adj.

1650s (implied in polysyllabical), from Medieval Latin polysyllabicus, from Greek polysyllabikos; see poly- + syllabic.

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