From Ancient Greek πολύς (polús, “a lot of, much”) (ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *polh₁ús (“many, much”), from the root *pleh₁- (“to fill”)) + λέγειν (légein), from λέγω (légō, “to arrange, choose, gather; to count, reckon”) (from Proto-Indo-European *leǵ- (“to gather”)) + -ic.
- Hyphenation: po‧ly‧lect‧ic
- Rhymes: -ɛktɪk
polylectic (comparative more polylectic, superlative most polylectic)
- (entomology) Of or relating to an insect (especially a bee) which collects pollen from the flowers of a variety of unrelated plants.
- (grammar) Of or relating to a term consisting of more than one word.
- A polylectic term is a multi-word term, as opposed to a monolectic term which is a one-word term.
- (biology): monolectic, oligolectic
of or relating to an insect
of or relating to a term
- (grammar): periphrastic
- (entomology): Edward M. Barrows (2001) Animal-behavior Desk Reference: A Dictionary of Animal Behavior, Ecology, and Evolution, 2nd edition, Boca Raton, Fla.: CRC Press, →ISBN.
- “polylectic”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–2022.