The Ancient Greek prefix poly- + synthetic, from Latin synthesis(collection, set, composition), from Ancient Greek σύνθεσις(súnthesis, composition), from συντίθημι(suntíthēmi, to put together, combine), from συν-(sun-, together) + τίθημι(títhēmi, to put, place), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰe-(to put, to do).


polysynthetic (comparative more polysynthetic, superlative most polysynthetic)

  1. (grammar) said of a language, characterized by a prevalence of relatively long words containing a large number of morphemes. Typically, the morphemes are bound (i.e., they cannot stand alone as independent words). An example of a polysynthetic language is Ojibwe, where:
    • baataanitaaanishinaabemong = "being able to speak Ojibwe."
    • ngiinitaaozhibii'amaadimin = "we used to write to each other."
  2. (mineralogy) Having layers of twin crystals


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