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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.
Origin of polychrome
1795-1805; earlier polychrom < German < Greek polýchrōmos many-colored. See poly-, -chrome Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for polychrome
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  • Holy-water vessel, with raised flowers and scrolls of foliage with polychrome decoration.

  • "So am I," said polychrome, bending gracefully to pat Toto's head.

    The Road to Oz L. Frank Baum
  • The principle seems to be that of polychrome painting, also applied in sculpture.

    Museum of Antiquity L. W. Yaggy
  • The screen fluttered for a moment with polychrome colors and cleared.

    Cubs of the Wolf Raymond F. Jones
  • They shook their heads, and polychrome laughed again and danced on after them when they resumed their journey.

    The Tin Woodman of Oz L. Frank Baum
  • "Neither beast nor bird shall you have," said polychrome in a positive voice.

    The Tin Woodman of Oz L. Frank Baum
  • polychrome laughed at him, for the Rainbow's Daughter knew more about thoughts than the Scarecrow did.

    The Tin Woodman of Oz L. Frank Baum
  • So Woot whistled, and presently polychrome found him and grasped his hand.

    The Tin Woodman of Oz L. Frank Baum
  • The most colour-blind eyes in the world never confuse monochrome and polychrome.

    When Ghost Meets Ghost William Frend De Morgan
  • "I'm not sure it was a person," said polychrome, looking more grave than usual.

    The Tin Woodman of Oz L. Frank Baum
British Dictionary definitions for polychrome


having various or changing colours; polychromatic
made with or decorated in various colours
a work of art or artefact in many colours
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for polychrome

"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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