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polychrome

[pol-ee-krohm]
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adjective
  1. being of many or various colors.
  2. decorated or executed in many colors, as a statue, vase, or mural.
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verb (used with object), pol·y·chromed, pol·y·chrom·ing.
  1. to paint in many or various colors.
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noun
  1. a polychrome object or work.
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Origin of polychrome

1795–1805; earlier polychrom < German < Greek polýchrōmos many-colored. See poly-, -chrome
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Examples from the Web for polychrome

Historical Examples

  • The screen fluttered for a moment with polychrome colors and cleared.

    Cubs of the Wolf

    Raymond F. Jones

  • The principle seems to be that of polychrome painting, also applied in sculpture.

  • "All right," said Button-Bright; but Polychrome didn't know whether it was all right or not.

    The Road to Oz

    L. Frank Baum

  • "So am I," said Polychrome, bending gracefully to pat Toto's head.

    The Road to Oz

    L. Frank Baum

  • The local Gallo-Romans had used the polychrome lava as decoration.

    How France Built Her Cathedrals

    Elizabeth Boyle O'Reilly


British Dictionary definitions for polychrome

polychrome

adjective
  1. having various or changing colours; polychromatic
  2. made with or decorated in various colours
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noun
  1. a work of art or artefact in many colours
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Word Origin and History for polychrome

adj.

"having many colors," 1816, from French polychrome, from Latinized form of Greek polykhromos "many-colored" (see poly- + chrome). As a noun from 1800. Related: Polychromic; polychromatic; polychromate.

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