polysemy

polysemy

[pol-ee-see-mee, puh-lis-uh-mee]
noun
diversity of meanings.

Origin:
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

polysemous, adjective
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polysemy (ˌpɒlɪˈsiːmɪ, pəˈlɪsəmɪ)
 
n
Compare monosemy the existence of several meanings in a single word
 
[C20: from New Latin polysēmia, from Greek polusēmos having many meanings, from poly- + sēma a sign]
 
poly'semous
 
adj

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