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polymorphous

[pol-ee-mawr-fuh s] /ˌpɒl iˈmɔr fəs/
adjective
1.
having, assuming, or passing through many or various forms, stages, or the like.
Origin
1775-1785
1775-85; < Greek polýmorphos multiform. See poly-, -morphous
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  • It is much more polymorphous and ambivalent in character.
  • The axons of the cells in the polymorphous layer may run in an ascending, a descending, or a horizontal direction.
  • The media have never been so ubiquitous or polymorphous.
  • Her fans and foes have called her everything from outspoken and refreshing to churlish, polymorphous and distant.
British Dictionary definitions for polymorphous

polymorphous

/ˌpɒlɪˈmɔːfəs/
adjective
1.
having, taking, or passing through many different forms or stages
2.
(of a substance) exhibiting polymorphism
3.
(of an animal or plant) displaying or undergoing polymorphism
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Word Origin and History for polymorphous
adj.

1785, from Greek polymorphos "multiform, of many forms, manifold," from poly- "many" (see poly-) + morphe "shape, form" (see Morpheus). Related: Polymorphic; polymorphously; polymorphousness.

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