- Music. polyphonic composition; counterpoint.
- Phonetics. representation of different sounds by the same letter or symbol.
Origin of polyphony
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Examples from the Web for polyphonous
This multiplicity of sounds, this polyphonous character attached to their signs, became a cause of embarrassment even to them.
- polyphonic style of composition or a piece of music utilizing it
- the use of polyphones in a writing system
C19: from Greek poluphōnia diversity of tones, from poly- + phōnē speech, sound
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Word Origin and History for polyphonous
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