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polychrome

[pol-ee-krohm] /ˈpɒl iˌkroʊm/
adjective
1.
being of many or various colors.
2.
decorated or executed in many colors, as a statue, vase, or mural.
verb (used with object), polychromed, polychroming.
3.
to paint in many or various colors.
noun
4.
a polychrome object or work.
Origin
1795-1805
1795-1805; earlier polychrom < German < Greek polýchrōmos many-colored. See poly-, -chrome
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  • polychrome or multicolor enameled works occupy the large central space.
  • Furthermore, a burial containing one individual and two polychrome vessels were also found during the excavation.
  • The polychrome two-page spread is something between a poster and an imposture.
  • polychrome because it was not filling orders in a timely manner.
  • Fifteen animals are whittled from pine and painted in polychrome oil colors.
  • polychrome paints were used to set off the details of the uniform and the facial expression.
  • These windows are surrounded by a rope molding of pale blue polychrome terra cotta.
British Dictionary definitions for polychrome

polychrome

/ˈpɒlɪˌkrəʊm/
adjective
1.
having various or changing colours; polychromatic
2.
made with or decorated in various colours
noun
3.
a work of art or artefact in many colours
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Word Origin and History for polychrome
adj.

"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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