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polyphonic

[pol-ee-fon-ik] /ˌpɒl iˈfɒn ɪk/
adjective
1.
consisting of many voices or sounds.
2.
Music.
  1. having two or more voices or parts, each with an independent melody, but all harmonizing; contrapuntal (opposed to homophonic).
  2. pertaining to music of this kind.
  3. capable of producing more than one tone at a time, as an organ or a harp.
3.
Phonetics. having more than one phonetic value, as the letter s, that is voiced (z) in nose and unvoiced (s) in salt.
Origin
1775-1785
1775-85; polyphone + -ic
Related forms
polyphonically, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for poly-phonic

polyphonic

/ˌpɒlɪˈfɒnɪk/
adjective
1.
(music) composed of relatively independent melodic lines or parts; contrapuntal
2.
many-voiced
3.
(phonetics) of, relating to, or denoting a polyphone
Derived Forms
polyphonically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for poly-phonic

polyphonic

adj.

1782, formed in English from Greek polyphonos (see polyphony).

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