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EtymologyEdit

From Medieval Latin polysēmus, from Ancient Greek πολύσημος (polúsēmos), from πολύς (polús, many) + σημαίνω (sēmaínō, I signify, mean).

PronunciationEdit

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /pəˈlɪs.ɪ.məs/, /ˌpɒl.ɪˈsiː.məs/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌpɑːl.iˈsiː.məs/, /pəˈlɪs.ə.məs/
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AdjectiveEdit

polysemous (not comparable)

  1. (linguistics) Having multiple meanings or interpretations.
    Synonyms: polysemantic, polysemic
    Antonyms: monosemous, univocal
    • 2000, Yael Ravin, Claudia Leacock, Polysemy: Theoretical and Computational Approaches, OUP Oxford (→ISBN), page 52:
      But just how are the meanings associated with a polysemous word related? A look at the entries for polysemous words in different dictionaries shows that lexicographers cannot agree on how to divide up the semantic space []

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