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[pol-ee-kroh-mat-ik, -kruh-]
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  1. having or exhibiting a variety of colors.
Also pol·y·chro·mic [pol-ee-kroh-mik] /ˌpɒl iˈkroʊ mɪk/.

Origin of polychromatic

First recorded in 1840–50; poly- + chromatic
Related formspol·y·chro·ma·tism [pol-ee-kroh-muh-tiz-uh m] /ˌpɒl iˈkroʊ məˌtɪz əm/, noun
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Examples from the Web for polychromic

Historical Examples

  • Within the Rotunda, the polychromic decorations immediately arrest the eye.

    Picturesque Sketches of London, Past and Present

    Thomas Miller

British Dictionary definitions for polychromic


polychromic (ˌpɒlɪˈkrəʊmɪk) or polychromous

  1. having various or changing colours
  2. (of light or other electromagnetic radiation) containing radiation with more than one wavelength
Derived Formspolychromatism (ˌpɒlɪˈkrəʊməˌtɪzəm), noun
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polychromic in Medicine


([object Object])
  1. Having or exhibiting many colors.
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polychromic in Science


  1. Consisting of or related to radiation of more than one wavelength.
  2. Of or having many colors. Compare monochromatic.
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