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polysemy

[pol-ee-see-mee, puh-lis-uh-mee] /ˈpɒl iˌsi mi, pəˈlɪs ə mi/
noun
1.
diversity of meanings.
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900; < Neo-Latin polysēmia, equivalent to Late Latin polysēm(us) with many significations (< Greek polýsēmos, equivalent to poly- poly- + sêm(a) sign + -os adj. suffix) + -ia -y3
Related forms
polysemous, adjective
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polysemy

/ˌpɒlɪˈsiːmɪ; pəˈlɪsəmɪ/
noun
1.
the existence of several meanings in a single word Compare monosemy
Derived Forms
polysemous, adjective
Word Origin
C20: from New Latin polysēmia, from Greek polusēmos having many meanings, from poly- + sēma a sign
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