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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

polysemous

\pol-ee-SEE-muhs\ , adjective;
1.
Having a diversity of meanings.
Quotes:
Stupid and crafty, inept or successful, comic or threatening, these hesitations and ambiguities anticipate the polysemous nineteenth-century dandy.
-- Domna C. Stanton, The Aristocrat As Art
She knows she cannot find this mystery, and that is because of its polysemous senses.
-- Oumou Armand Diarra, The Shadow of the Mysterious Nayouma
Origin:
Polysemous combines the Greek roots poly-, "many," and sema, "sign."
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