polyphonously

polyphony

[puh-lif-uh-nee]
noun
1.
Music. polyphonic composition; counterpoint.
2.
Phonetics. representation of different sounds by the same letter or symbol.

Origin:
1820–30; < Greek polyphōnía variety of tones. See poly-, -phony

polyphonous, adjective
polyphonously, adverb
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polyphony (pəˈlɪfənɪ)
 
n , pl -nies
1.  polyphonic style of composition or a piece of music utilizing it
2.  the use of polyphones in a writing system
 
[C19: from Greek poluphōnia diversity of tones, from poly- + phōnē speech, sound]
 
po'lyphonous
 
adj
 
po'lyphonously
 
adv

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polyphony
1828, "multiplicity of sounde," from Gk. polyphonia "variety of sounds," from polys "many" (see poly-) + phone "voice, sound" (see fame). The meaning "counterpoint" (1864) is perhaps a back-formation from the adj. polyphonic (1782), formed in Eng. from the same Gk. root.
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