Polyglotism

polyglot

[pol-ee-glot]
adjective
1.
able to speak or write several languages; multilingual.
2.
containing, composed of, or written in several languages: a polyglot Bible.
noun
3.
a mixture or confusion of languages.
4.
a person who speaks, writes, or reads a number of languages.
5.
a book, especially a Bible, containing the same text in several languages.

Origin:
1635–45; < Medieval Latin polyglōttus < Greek polýglōttos many-tongued. See poly-, -glot

polyglotism, noun
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polyglot (ˈpɒlɪˌɡlɒt)
 
adj
1.  having a command of many languages
2.  written in, composed of, or containing many languages
 
n
3.  a person with a command of many languages
4.  a book, esp a Bible, containing several versions of the same text written in various languages
5.  a mixture or confusion of languages
 
[C17: from Greek poluglōttos literally: many-tongued, from poly- + glōtta tongue]
 
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polyglot
c.1645, from Gk. polyglottos "speaking many languages," lit. "many-tongued," from polys "many" (see poly-) + glotta, Attic variant of glossa "language," lit. "tongue."
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