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multiform

[muhl-tuh-fawrm]
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adjective
  1. having many different shapes, forms, or kinds.

Origin of multiform

From the Latin word multiformis, dating back to 1595–1605. See multi-, -form
Related formsmul·ti·for·mi·ty [muhl-tuh-fawr-mi-tee] /ˌmʌl təˈfɔr mɪ ti/, noun
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Historical Examples

  • And when, still later, matters classed as organic became possible, the multiformity was yet further augmented in kindred ways.

    Essays: Scientific, Political, & Speculative, Vol. I

    Herbert Spencer

  • And then the father traces all the multiformity of the Universe to the desire or will of the original One, "that which is."


British Dictionary definitions for multiformity

multiform

adjective
  1. having many forms or kinds
Derived Formsmultiformity (ˌmʌltɪˈfɔːmɪtɪ), noun
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Word Origin and History for multiformity

n.

1580s, from Late Latin multiformitas, from multiformis; see multi- + form (n.).

multiform

adj.

also multi-form, c.1600, from French multiforme or Latin multiformis "many-shaped, manifold," from multus "much, many" (see multi-) + forma "shape" (see form (n.)).

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multiformity in Medicine

multiform

(mŭltə-fôrm′)
adj.
  1. Occurring in or having many forms or shapes; polymorphic.
Related formsmul′ti•formi•ty (-fôrmĭ-tē) n.
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