polysynthetic

[pol-ee-sin-thet-ik]
adjective
1.
(of a language) characterized by a prevalence of relatively long words containing a large number of affixes to express syntactic relationships and meanings. Many American Indian languages are polysynthetic. Compare analytic ( def 3 ), synthetic ( def 3 ).
2.
of or pertaining to polysynthesism.
Also, polysynthetical.


Origin:
1795–1805; < Late Greek polysýnthet(os) much compounded + -ic. See poly-, synthetic

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polysynthetic (ˌpɒlɪsɪnˈθɛtɪk)
 
adj
synthetic analytic Compare agglutinative denoting languages, such as Inuktitut, in which single words may express the meaning of whole phrases or clauses by virtue of multiple affixes
 
polysynthesis
 
n
 
poly'synthesism
 
n
 
polysyn'thetically
 
adv

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Among other things they are polysynthetic and add meaning and context to a word by affixes and/or suffixes.
Polysynthetic twinning is not always distinguishable, but a mild, oscillatory zoning is common.
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